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Jacksonville Beach Teacher of the Week

10:12 AM, Jan 15, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL -- It's not always easy to get your kids up and ready for school in the mornings; but students in Pat Struebing's kindergarten class at Beaches Episcopal School, can't wait to get to school. 

On the day we stopped by Mrs. Struebing's class, the students were getting a math lesson. They were all sitting in a circle playing a game. They were having so much fun they didn't even realize they were doing math.

"It's a joy every day. Every day is different. It's not boring," said Struebing. 

Struebing has been teaching for over 25 years. So long, she says, she lost count.  She loves working with 5-year olds and it's obvious they love her. 

"You know when you come in (to her class) you've got a top notch teacher that's making learning fun for these children," said Head of School Jackie Busse.

Shelley DeVault has six kids and her fifth child is in Mrs. Struebing's class.  DeVault nominated Struebing for Teacher of the Week. "She makes every child feel special and every child feels loved and they know while they're in her classroom they are right at home and loved the entire time they are there," said DeVault.

Parents feel Mrs. Struebing has the unique ability to challenge the high achievers in her class while providing individual support to those who are more challenged by the class work.

In her nomination letter, DeVault wrote, 'Any child who has Pat Struebing as a kindergarten teacher is in for an exciting and successful school year.'

If you know of a special teacher you would like to nominate, and if you also know of an outstanding student, we want to hear from you.  We are going to start a special segment, Student of the Week soon. To nominate a teacher or student just send us an email or letter to First Coast News.   

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