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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.