Top Teacher: Lela Dickens

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

LIBERTY COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - One gifted resource teacher is getting some rave reviews especially from her students.

WTOC went to Liberty County Elementary School to introduce you to one outstanding educator.

A Savannah native Lela Dickens can't imagine herself in any other place but right here in a classroom.

On Wednesday, the gifted third graders are learning about the hardships pilgrims endured.

"Did you want to be a pilgrim? or did you decide it was too hard to be a pilgrim?" said Dickens.

Mrs. Dickens says teaching is in her DNA. Her father, mother and grandmother all were teachers.

She remembers being in first grade already knowing she would follow in their footsteps.

"My father started the school of education at armstrong or helped start it a long time ago and he was the Dean of Arts and Science in education for many years, my mother taught school for a while and grandmother was also a school teacher for 43 years," said Dickens.

While she enjoys teaching children at all levels, she has a special place in her heart for the gifted class.

"I want to give them a life long love of learning and inspire them to ask questions all the time so they can stay actively involved in education," said Dickens.

Students like Alexis Barnes and Helen Chatman say they couldn't do it without Mrs. Dickens.

"She's pretty much like a second mom to me she likes to challenge me to expand my thinking. she has a fun-loving side but when it's time to work she has a serious side," said Barnes.

"She's an extraordinary teacher and she loves us and she cares about us and it warms my heart that she cares," said Chatman.

Her love for children and her drive to help them succeed is what makes Lela Dickens a WTOC Top Teacher.

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