MACCLENNY, Fla. -- A 2nd grade teacher at Macclenny Elementary School in Baker County is helping all of her students succeed, even those with special challenges. Tammie Harvey is our Teacher of the Week.
During circle time in Mrs. Harvey's 2nd grade class, she isn't just reading a story to her students; she's helping them visualize the story. They close their eyes, listen to the words and draw a picture. First a mental picture, then one on paper.
"If the kids can make a mental image in their head of the words they're reading, it helps to make it more concrete for them," said Mrs. Harvey.
One of her students, Lucas, has autism. His mother, Tiffanie Cox, says he is doing great in her class and she nominated Harvey for Teacher of the Week. "Not only did she get Lucas. She wanted Lucas. You can see it in her face. She lights up just as much as I do when Lucas does something that's great."
Mrs. Harvey even started a social lunch group Lucas, giving up her own lunchtime.
"They're all learning and they are all capable of doing what I want them to do," said Harvey.
This is a second career for Harvey. She's only been teaching for five years, but she's already been honored as Teacher of the Year at her school and for the entire Baker County School District.
"Mr. Harvey puts her heart and soul into this classroom and it's obvious," said Cox.
Harvey says, for her, teaching is a calling and a passion.
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