HILLIARD, Fla. -- A high school science teacher is in New York City to take part in a nationwide education event that kicks off Sunday on national television.
Kelly Burnette teaches at Hilliard Middle Senior High School and is one of only six teachers picked in the country to be part of Education Nation.
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Burnette has been teaching for 20 years. She doesn't just teach science to her students, she shows them how to apply what they learn in her class to everyday life.
"This is my favorite class of the day because we're always doing something," said 11th-grader Cory Waldron.
Burnette is Nassau County's Teacher of the Year, a state finalist for Florida's Teacher of the Year, and now she's one of a few teachers in the country selected to be featured during the Education Nation events in New York.
"The opportunities out there for these students are amazing, but we do need to make sure we are in the classrooms now preparing them for tomorrow," said Burnette.
Her students aren't surprised she was picked for such a big honor. "She definitely deserves it because of her style of teaching. It's different from any other teacher I've had before and she's different, she keeps you on your toes," said ninth-grader Caroline Cochrane.
While thousands of teachers will gather for the first-ever televised Teacher Town Hall, as part of NBC's Education Nation, Burnette will appear with five other teachers in a live broadcast Sunday beginning at noon on MSNBC to discuss education reform.
"Our job, the six of us, we're actually going to be doing teacher demos. So while I'm going to be up there I'm actually going to be doing what I love to do, which is teach."
Burnette heads to New York on Friday. She will appear live on MSNBC on Sunday and stay several more days for week-long event.
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