Momma-B’s Champlin Park High School students adore her.
“She makes us all feel special,” senior Kathryn Wust said of CPHS orchestra teacher Judy Blomgren—or Momma-B. “Every time you come into class, she always smiles at you. She always makes you feel like you’re the only student in the room.”
The adoration for Blomgren, who has been teaching at CPHS since the school opened in 1992, was evident when her orchestra classroom was packed with students and staff on Sept. 19 to watch her become WCCO-TV’s inaugural Excellent Educator of the Week.
The award was a total surprise—with WCCO reporter Edward Moody and a camera-man walking into her classroom unannounced, followed by another dozen students and a handful of administrators at the school. He presented Blomgren with flowers and an Excellent Educator certificate.
“I’m totally embarrassed. Don’t put this on TV,” Blomgren exclaimed to a round of applause.
CPHS graduate Shelby Awalt nominated Blomgren for the award. In an email to WCCO, Awalt said Momma-B’s students often stay in touch long after high school, her contributions to their lives are that profound.
Blomgren says connecting with her students is crucial—something she learned from her mother, who was also her role model.
“I don’t have kids of my own, and so these are my kids,” she said. “They can come to me with anything, and they know that,” she said. “Connecting with my students is truly important to me.”
And that connection is clearly important to her students. “Momma-B—that’s exactly what she is—she is like a mom,” senior Jack Carlson said. “Personally she’s my favorite teacher of all time, hands down.”
CPHS Principal Michael George said her passion for teaching and for her students is evident.
“Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, and I think (Blomgren) is a perfect example of that,” he said. “We’re happy to honor her and appreciate all that she’s done.”