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Mandarin High School Teacher of the Week

6:11 PM, Apr 20, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students in one science class at Mandarin High School passed around and signed a petition to get their teacher nominated for Teacher of the Week. 

Frances Sullivan teaches high school students Earth space and  home economics. "Everybody calls me mama and my whole philosophy is, 'they walk in the door, and they know this, and they are mine,' and I'm going to treat them like my own."

She's been Teacher of the Year at Mandarin High School, too. 

Ninth-grader Hannah Burdon collected the names for the petition. "Before class started we would go around to see if they would sign it for us and most of them did. We got 13 names."

She said she could have gotten mores if she had time. Another teacher also signed. "This was important to me because this is my favorite teacher and my favorite class," said Burdon.

Sullivan was touched by the petition and said she likes to see all her students do well and succeed.

"They're all good kids. I want them to do the best they can," she said. "I get frustrated when they don't apply themselves but they're wonderful kids and I enjoy teaching them. Otherwise, I wouldn't have done this for so long."

Sullivan has been teaching for over 20 years and said she does it because she loves it.    

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