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Top Teacher: Teresa Gines

Teresa Gines a WTOC Top Teacher. Teresa Gines a WTOC Top Teacher.

By Jody Chapin - email | bio

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One class of 4th graders from Savannah Christian has a lot to like about their school. Some of them like the field trips, some say long division is their favorite.

But there's one thing on which they all agree, that their teacher Teresa Gines should be a WTOC Top Teacher.

Every week, one student in a 4th grade class at Savannah Christian will find their name in the middle of a star as student of the week.

"Every Friday I choose a student that's been well behaved, turned in all homework, done something outstanding for the week basically," said Gines.

It's just one of the ways Gines is preparing her students for fifth grade and beyond, by helping them become good people as well as good learners.

"I think it's important to teach them life skills too," said Gines.

"She's a real fun loving, giving person she thinks of us like her own family she treats us very nice and kind," said student Katelyn Vonbergen.

A graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Gines was prepared for any elementary class K-5, but three years teaching fourth grade has convinced her that she's right where she wants to be.

"They're still young enough to love you, but old enough to be independent," said Gines.

As they work, she's never far away, letting them work things out on their own but close enough to gently offer help when needed.

"It helps me because usually when we get by ourselves we mess up," said Katelyn.

"Just wanted to make a difference," said Gines.

Today, it's the teacher who has done something outstanding, leading by example making Teresa Gines a WTOC Top Teacher.

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