METTER, GA (WTOC) - We often call teachers life savers for helping students make the right choices. But want to introduce you to one Metter teacher who is truly a "life-saver" as her emergency first aid skills were put to the test.
"It's all about the kids," said Allison Dekle. That's the motto in Dekle's fourth grade math class.
"I love math. Math has always been my thing. It always came so easy for me and it's important for my kids to know how to do math and it's important that they like it," said Dekle.
Teaching wasn't always top of mind for Mrs. Dekle she started out as a public relations major but fell in love with education and switched to elementary education and never looked back.
"I feel like teaching is a calling,"said Dekle.
Mrs. Dekle says math is her favorite subject to teach. She says her biggest challenge is getting students to want to learn math.
"We do a lot of group work and buddy work. I think part of it is being scared of being wrong. So we try to do a lot of things in the beginning to get past that. So they feel safe to take a risk," said Dekle.
Turning a scary situation around is something Mrs. Dekle knows a lot about. She was faced with a really scary situation the first day of school this year with one of her students, Madison Spivey.
"I choked on a peppermint and Mrs. Allison had to do the Heimlich Maneuver on me," said Spivey.
"After that day I was so glad I had that and it's important to have first aid wherever you are or what's going on especially when you are responsible for so many children everyday," said Dekle.
"My teacher saved my life,"said Spivey.
For saving her students on many levels, Allison Dekle is a WTOC Top Teacher.