Teacher shows love for all

March 4, 2008 5:24:15 AM PST
Melodie Conrad loves everyone and everything in her classroom -- including the bugs.

The Eagle Rock, California, schoolteacher has even appointed a student bug monitor to take the creepy-crawly things outside.

Now, the L.A. area elementary school teacher is winning the praise of PETA.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is giving her its Compassionate Teacher Award.

Conrad says her be-kind-to-bugs effort is aimed at a larger problem.

She says there's too much violence in society and she wants her students to respect life.