JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hope Dorman might be new to teaching, but she's not new to being in the spotlight.
"She can opera sing like a pro. It's pretty awesome," says tenth grade student, Tori Ice.
Dorman teaches 10th and 12th grade at Christ Church Academy.
She originally wanted to be a vocalist, but then changed her mind after she started volunteering with her church youth group.
"I realized I love teenagers, they're so funny. And they're so dramatic which is super funny!" Dorman says.
But in addition to being a vocalist, and liking teens, she knows a thing or two about English.
"The way she teaches, it clicks with me, it clicks with other students," says student Neal Buckles.
"I'm a big book nerd at heart so when I get to talk about English with a group of people I like, it really excites me," Dorman says.
Even though this is only her first year teaching, her students say she's already making a difference.
"She's always there to help and she's just there for you when you need her for English, or for anything. She's just right there. You can ask her any questions," says Buckles.
"She's always helpful. She wants to help you. She goes out of her way to help you," says Ice.
Dorman says she works hard because she really wants her students to succeed. "I feel it when they get a bad grade and I am always asking, 'What can I do to change this situation? How can I change my teaching to make sure they get this information?'"
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