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First Coast News Teacher of the Week: Science Teacher at Yulee Middle School Autumn Nowlin

6:16 AM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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It might not be everyone's favorite subject, but at Yulee Middle School students say their teacher, Autumn Nowlin, makes it easy and enjoyable.

"It's not like a boring class. It's a lot of fun and a lot of energy," says Gracie Roffler.

"She let's us do a lot of fun stuff," echoes Jared Durrance.

Nowlin teaches sixth and seventh grade science which, she says, naturally leads to fun, "It's hands-on activities. It's things that we can do to integrate everyday concepts. I believe in collaborative work and working in groups, [to] take a simple concept, put their hands together and do science."

And it's those activities that her students say they like most. Durrance says he appreciates them because he's always been a hands-on learner.

Roffler says the approach works best for her, too. "All my other teachers thought it was better for us to do worksheets, but she really likes to do the hands-on and group activities," she says.

Nowlin has been teaching for seven years. She says it's not just the class' content that she enjoys, "I can watch students grow from the very beginning of the school year to the end, and their ability to interpret and understand information and genuinely grow. Grow as a student, grow as an individual, it's just really rewarding. I love my job, absolutely love it!"

Nowlin is also working on her master's degree at the University of Florida.

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