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First Coast News Teacher of the Week: Marie Burnett Third Grade Teacher at Lone Star Elementary

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Marie Burnett has been a teacher at Lone Star Elementary for eleven years, but this year she's doing something she's never done before: teaching third grade.

Before now, she taught second and fourth grade classes. Her former students say she makes learning fun, but her specialty is breaking down difficult subjects.

"I think she stands out because she does different things than the other teachers," says fifth grade student, Cheyanne Cook.

"Things" like tying in activities with what they're learning that week, according to Ravyn Banks. "One week we had crazy hat day because our reading story was about a guy who made hats," Banks says.

Another former student, Breana Bryan, says one of her favorite memories with Burnett was lunch bunch. "If we were really good during the week, we could come down to her classroom and eat our lunch instead of in the cafeteria," Bryan explains.

But the girls say Burnett does much more than just teach in a classroom.

"She was really close with her students. We had a dance recital, and she came to that and she came to people's soccer games and stuff," says Banks.

Burnett says her job is easy when teaching at a great school. She says teaching is the reason she gets up each morning.

"We're like a family, everybody is very close, I enjoy being here, and the students, they make it worth it every day," Burnet says.

Burnett attended Lone Star Elementary, and says she even got to work alongside her first grade teacher until she retired last year.

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