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Grace Episcopal Day School Teacher of the Week

11:09 AM, Feb 2, 2011   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- He was born a month early and in his first few days of life he had a brain hemorrhage and severe lung disease.

His doctors thought he would always have difficulty learning but now seven years later, Jacob Davis, is doing well in class due in large part to our Teacher of the Week. 

First-graders walk into Suzanne Bennett's classroom at Grace Episcopal Day School excited and ready to learn. Bennett enjoys teaching first grade because she said she loves seeing that light bulb go off when her students finally get it.

"I'm lucky because I'm at the right place at the right time. First grade is a time when they just come alive; all those little pieces floating around finally come together and I get credit for it," said Bennett. 

Jacob, one of Bennett's students, was born prematurely, suffered medical problems at birth and struggled academically until this year. "Learning just came to life to him this year and the struggles he's had, they're not all gone, but it's not a big deal," said his mom, Lauren Davis.

His mom believes his teacher, Bennett, has made the difference for her son. "She's just brought learning to life for him."   

At night, Bennett said she is emailing and talking to parents on the phone. "Because I love them and I'm a parent too and it's what they need," she said.

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