Helping her middle school students develop a love for literature is the mission for Leigh Stenger.
WTOC went to Blessed Sacrament School, where students are excited about reading.
Nothing like a game of marbles in literature class. It's a game that Mark Twain played, and for Stenger it's a hands on activity for these 8th grade students before they start reading some of Twain's work.
A teaching method that she says yields results.
"I fell in love with writing and the written world. If I can make that come alive for these kids, then that just makes me happy," said Stenger.
Hands on learning is what she says works for middle schoolers.
"If you can get them out and experience whatever it is your teaching them, they learn it, they love it, and they remember it," said Stenger.
For 16 years, this Georgia native and West Georgia College graduate has been in the classroom. A place she says feels like home.
"If I'm having a bad morning, I just walk into that classroom and they cheer me up. I can't explain it. They are just pleasant little people and they make me feel much better," said Stenger.
Students like Katie Sandefur say it's Stenger who helps them love school.
"I've seen a lot of students who want to be like her. She's great at teaching and she loves what she does," said Sandefur.
For those reason and more, Leigh Stenger is a WTOC Top Teacher.
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