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Westview K-8 Teacher Keeps Busy for Students

4:53 PM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mary Sonnier-Nicholas' students are learning colors.

She teaches physically impaired students at Westview K-8.

"When I get these children, they know nothing. They know what mommy has taught them," Sonnier-Nicholas said. "By the time they leave me two years later, they know the ABCs, they know the colors of the rainbow."

"She is the most caring, most wonderful teacher," said paraprofessional Christy Davis. "She is always there to help everybody else. She doesn't care if she's got too much to do on her plate."

And she does have a lot on her plate. She goes above and beyond for her students, taking outside classes in sign language. She is also a volleyball coach at Jefferson Davis Middle School and a troop leader for girl scouts and boy scouts.

But teaching is her passion.

"This is my favorite thing. They say that when you're growing up pick a career that you enjoy and you'll have the best job in the world," Sonnier-Nicholas said. "So I'm very fortunate to have this job."

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