Teacher of the Week!

June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 8, 2012 Updated Jun 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Channel 7's Mike Randall surprises a "Teacher Of The Week" every Friday on "Eyewitness News This Morning."

On Friday June 8, Mike surprised two educators!

Take a look at the nomination to learn more about our "Teachers Of The Week."

I am a teacher at Bennett High School and would like to nominate two of our teachers for your teacher of the week recognition. While we have many exemplary teachers at Bennett, these two teachers go well beyond the duties of the regular classroom teacher. And, since they are high school teachers, and it's not cool for high school students to say nice things about their teachers, they will probably never be nominated by a student.

Neil Lange is a special ed teacher who also teaches leadership courses for seniors. Mr. Lange, who has been at Bennett for about 30 years, is an amazing teacher who works endless hours to make senior year a memorable one. Here are a few of the things he does at Bennett H.S.:

Organizes everything associated with the senior class, including:

* Senior class breakfast (organizes, orders food, etc.)

* Senior prom (does everything for prom, including organizing, ordering favors and chaperoning)

* Senior class day program (including designing and decorating the stage for the event and reception afterward

* Senior class trip

* Cap and gown ordering and distribution

* Graduation day rehearsal breakfast

He also does the following:

* Morning school announcements
* The yearbook
* Alumni newspaper editor and liaison with alumni group
* sells candy and popcorn to raise money to defray graduation
costs
* Lighting for all stage productions

Mr. Lange is one of the first teachers here everyday and the last to leave.

Anna Klapakis is another special education teacher who goes well beyond the call of duty.

A few years ago Anna had a student with Downs syndrome who lived in deplorable conditions, she organized and raised enough money and volunteer manpower to rebuild the student's house! In addition, she raised money so he could attend the senior prom. Today, she still picks the boy up and takes him to events she knows he would like.

In addition she has:

* Organized a recycling center at the school that is entirely run by special ed students. She fund raised enough money to buy them recycling shirts so they would feel special. She used the money earned from recycling to set up bank accounts for each of her students.

* She collects items constantly which she uses to make gift baskets and then sells them throughout the year to raise money for her students' accounts.

* She took her students on a field trip to see the tax protesters to learn what it was all about.

* She comes to school early, leaves late, sometimes after 8 p.m.

* She endless promotes her students by writing articles for the school paper and encourages them in their endeavors

Ms. Klapakis is energetic and like the Duracell bunny, she runs and runs and runs. On top of all this, she had open-heart surgery a few years ago, but doesn't let that slow her down.