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Homebound Teacher of the Week

5:56 PM, Jan 25, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When students are not able to attend school because of an extended illness, a homebound teacher can come to them.  Amy Valentine with Hospital Homebound is our Teacher of the Week. 

Sitting around the dining room table at a home in Arlington, class is in session. Amy Valentine teaches one-on-one in a student's home. 

"It's a wonderful thing. It really is, as a parent, to feel comfortable knowing your child is being taken care of," said parent Laplaychue Tyler.

Her daughter, Legresha, is 17 years old and a senior in high school, but because of a medical condition she can not attend school.  Valentine works with her directly 4 hours a week. The rest of the time Legresha works on computer programs on her own. 

"We do everything like regular schools. They take the FCAT and everything," said Valentine. 

Valentine has worked with Hospital Homebound in Duval County for 11 years.  She also worked for 7 years in a traditional classroom, but feels this is the type of teaching she loves because she gets to work closely with students and their families. "The students are usually going through some tough things and you really get a close connection with the families. A connection you probably wouldn't get at large schools."

Legresha will graduate from high school soon; something that may not have happened without Hospital Homebound and Ms. Valentine.   

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