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First Coast News Teacher of the Week: Libby Kelly Third Grade Teacher at Lone Star Elementary in Duval County School District

6:17 AM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sounds of Batman-themed cheers and spelling games like "Sparkle" fill the classroom of third grade teacher Libby Kelly. Former students, Ella Davey and Hannah Green, say Kelly makes learning fun.

"At the end of the morning, we would do the 'Word of the Day,' and if we got the answer right, we'd get a sticky note and be able to go to the treasure box. If you didn't, you wouldn't get one, but she'd tell you what the word meant," Davey says.

Green recalls similar experiences, "She would read out loud to the class and dress up as characters to help us learn. I also like that she would do really funny things to help us learn."

Even new student, EJ Soles, says although school just started, he's already taken to his new teacher. "She's really nice. Funny, too!" he says.

Kelly has been teaching third grade for five years and says it's a great age group. She says the kids are still interested in learning so she can be more creative.

"I come in with cowboy hats and feather boas and they get so excited about it, where an older age group might be like, 'Oh gosh, Ms. Kelly is going crazy again,' she laughs. "A younger grade might not get it. They're able to get my horrible jokes, and hear the voices and enjoy them."

Kelly says she didn't always want to be a teacher, but now she can't imagine doing anything else. "I love what I do. This is exactly what I'm meant to be doing," she says.

Kelly teaches third grade at Lone Star Elementary in Duval County.

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