CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A special needs teacher at Ridgeview High School is retiring at the end of the school year. Over the years, she's made a big impact on her students. Linda Massa is our Teacher of the Week.
Massa teaches special needs kids, grades nine through 12 at Ridgeview High.
"They are the most awesome kids in the world, and they're easy to teach because they're like sponges. They're eager to learn everything," said Massa.
Some of her students may be slow to get around but not slow mentally. Massa makes sure they all get the attention and education they need to gain confidence and achieve their goals.
"She's like my Nanna, my Grandma. She talks to me a lot....oh I'm getting teary eyed," said 12th grader Essence Rassan Viney.
Others have had her for only one year, like ninth grader Thomas Wilson who nominated her for Teacher of the Week.
".. because she's an awesome teacher. She's just awesome," Wilson said when asked why he nominated Massa.
They all almost hate to see the school year come to an end, and with reason. "It's totally bitter sweet. I'm going to miss the kids so very much," said Massa.
She won't be back in the fall. After years of teaching, Massa is retiring.
"I'm going to miss her a lot," said Wilson.
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