Top Teacher: David Sheffield

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Switching from the marketing world to education is a big change, but it was well worth it for one Chatham County educator.

He thought about teaching since he was in high school, and it just took him a little while to make his dream a reality.

In David Sheffield's Mercer Middle School Special Education Class students are reaching for the stars learning about the solar system in a way designed just for them.

"This is a different set up, a self contained environment which is an adoptive curriculum many of my students are those who would not be as successful in a regular education classroom," said Sheffield.

The one on one support in this type of classroom helps his students succeed. Mr. Sheffield calls it a mutual educational experience.

"They teach me the most because everyday is a learning experience. They learn but I am learning the most from them," said Sheffield.

Teaching special education students is something Mr. Sheffield says he wanted to do.

It was something his mother knew he would be good at.

"My mother is a special education teacher and one day she said, 'David why don't you get paid to do this,'" said Sheffield.

And three years later he has a classroom of his own with students like Ronald Williams who truly appreciate their teacher's efforts.

'He's a nice teacher and he helps me with my work," said Williams.

A nice teacher who truly understands the importance of his job.

"This is the best job I've had in my entire life," said Sheffield.

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