JACKSONVILLE, FL -- She's been teaching kids with special needs for 28 years, and students at Joseph Stilwell Middle School feel lucky to have her. Deborah Cargile is our Teacher of the Week.
One of her students, 12-year-old Bryant Ross, faces many challenges, but he is reading. He is learning, and he's enjoying school. "My son has gotten to the point where, because of Mrs. Cargile, he's told me he now wants to go to college. It's made a big difference. A big difference," said Bryant's mom, Rachel Ross.
Bryant adds, "She's a great teacher. A great teacher."
Mrs. Cargile teaches 6th and 7th graders. All of her students are special needs and she works one on one with each student. "Most of them are so positive and such a joy to be around each day. I think the students are more special than I am; I just enjoy being with them," said Cargile.
She gives her all to all of her students and in return, they do their best for her. "The compassion and commitment; the love she has for these kids. It is amazing. You wouldn't believe it," said Ross.
Ross nominated Mrs. Cargile for Teacher of the Week. In her nomination letter, Ross wrote, "When they say no child left behind, they had her in mind. My hats off to her and all her hard work."
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