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Mark Pierce Asks His Ringgold High Students to “Wow” Him

Mark Pierce wants his English classroom to reflect his welcoming personality. So, he covered up the gray concrete walls with decorations, that give the room a warm coffee shop feel. The relaxed setting helps students open up.
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Melissa Rettig Uses Conservation to Encourage Students to Learn More About Their World

Whether its before or after school, or even on a weekend, Melissa Rettig stands ready to help students expand their understanding of the world. Her interest in conservation prompted students to plan a campus clean up for earth day.
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Holly Bryan Teaches Students They Can at Pelham Elementary

Holly Bryan likens her class to the book "The Little Engine That Could." While she hasn't banned the word "can't" from her classroom, she rarely ever allows its use.
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Shelby Pompora Wants Her Spring City Students To Feel Positive About School

Shelby Pompora wants all of her students at Spring City Elementary to have positive feelings about school. She rewards positive behavior in the classroom and goes the extra mile to make sure kids understand learning is fun.
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Stephen Stacy Builds on What Students Know at Beaverdale Elementary

Stephen Stacy really enjoys being a teacher. While working at a recreational day camp, he discovered the spark students get when they learn something new. Now, the Beaverdale Elementary school teacher uses what they know to ignite learning.
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Jesse Hillis Wants to Make Science Stick for Signal Mountain Students

Jesse Hillis' father was an educator and mother worked in a school. But he fought becoming a teacher for several years. Hillis figured out it was part of his genetic make-up while working with at-risk youth. Now he's in the classroom where he belongs.
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Tracy Sodergren Uses Current Events to Connect Students to History

How do you get students to connect to history? Tracy Sodergren relates it to something they know, like a story in the news dealing with the recession. But, this Hunter Middle School teacher also wants her students to learn how to interact with others.
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Math Teacher Mark Miles Knows the Right Formula to Connect with Students.

When it comes to math, a Cleveland Middle School teacher knows the right formula to connect with students. Mark Miles turns lessons on things like geometric shapes into blueprints for skateboard ramps and baseball fields.
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Kathy Sweatman Uses Compliments to Reach Her 7th Grade Math Students

Kathy Sweatman looks for the positive in her students. While working on equations, function tables, and graphs she compliments those who work hard or find shortcuts to math problems.
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Leigh Davis Teaches To Multiple Learning Styles

Students in Leigh Davis' 4th grade class will be with her again next year. Davis and her students at Stone Creek Elementary will all move to 5th grade together. Knowing the impact she'll have, Davis strives to find ways to help each student thrive.