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Holy Catholic Family Teacher of the Week

4:22 PM, Jan 12, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- She teaches pre-kindergarten in the morning and math to preteens in the afternoon. Angela Toth at Holy Catholic Family is our Teacher of the Week. 

Math is a tough subject for many students and that's why Angela Toth wanted to teach it to sixth- and seventh-graders. When she was young she didn't like math at all and was afraid to ask questions, she said.

"I got into teaching, and I wanted to make it fun and make the kids be comfortable so they could ask questions and know it's okay to be wrong," said Toth.

Her approach to teaching math has made a difference for her students. Quentin Clark, 12, never liked math and didn't make good grades until he was in Toth's math class. "She helps us a lot and she makes math fun."

He nominated Toth for Teacher of the Week because, he said, "she's awesome." 

His mom agrees. "I'm so excited because she's made a difference for him and now he likes math and doesn't dread going to math," said Quentin's mother, Bobbie Rountree. 

Teaching math can be very rewarding especially when one of her students, who was once struggling, finally gets it, said Toth. "It is (rewarding) to see them get a good grade on their paper and their eyes light up. It does."

Toth has been a teacher for 10 years. She started teaching math four years ago and said it's a nice balance between teaching the 4- and 5-year-old's in the morning for pre-k and then spending her afternoons teaching math to her older students.       

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