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Englewood Teacher's Philosophy: Every Child Has Potential

6:03 AM, Sep 20, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Englewoood Elementary teacher wants every student to know they can do great things.

"I love this school, I love the kids here," said Elizabeth Eastman. "I just love to see them learn, I love to work with the craziest kids, I love to work with the sweetest kids."

Her teaching philosphy is simple: every child has potential.

"The day I started my internship we were asked to write down why we wanted to become a teacher on a little piece of paper and put it in our wallets," she remembered. "I wrote down every child has potential."

Eastman still has the piece of paper tucked away in her wallet.

"When your day gets rough and things get hard, that's what keeps me through."

Teaching at the Title 1 school can be difficult, but Eastman loves the challenge.

"You just wonder, 'Did I change their life forever?'"

She was very emotional when she heard she was nominated for Teacher of the Week by a student from last year. It proved she did make a difference.

"Even if you just change one life, that's a big deal," Eastman said. "That's why I did this."

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