Denfeld teacher wins 2014 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award

By KBJR News 1

May 14, 2014 Updated May 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Denfeld High School teacher is the recipient of this year's Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award.

Matthew "Phil" Rannila received $5,000 during Wednesday night's annual banquet at the Inn on Lake Superior.

Those who know Rannila say he's a real-life bachelor with no biological kids, because he says his students are his children.

He believes we need to educate students so they can contribute to society instead of having to live off the system.

"This is about my first mentor Alan Kirchner. It's about the wonderful staff I've had to work with. I'm shocked. This is so powerful, I don't know what to say. Thank you for everybody who made this possible," he said.

Six teachers were nominated for the award by local area principles.

Manley and Lillian Goldfine established the award because they believe that great teachers lay the foundation for the future success of their students.