It's hard to imagine the number of lives a teacher touches. Every day, they are in the classroom shaping young minds. In Swainsboro, they have one of the best, Melanie Frye. You can't put a price on the knowledge Frye is giving away for free. Her Swainsboro High School students flip pennies to learn about probability, but it's the endless possibilities that Frye is instilling in her students.
"This is a great job," she said. "You're working with tomorrow leader's, but they keep you in tune with the young world, keep you excited about the potential we have."
Frye loves to teach and has been in the classroom for 21 years. She says it was the teachers she had when she was growing up that inspire to become what she is today. "I suppose I wanted to be a teacher because of a teacher that was very instrumental in my life," she said. "That's probably a normal answer, but I realize those people do make a difference in the lives of her students."
"She's always trying to push her students to do their best, likes to see them succeed, likes to know what we did on our SAT even though it has nothing to do with history," said student Megan Taylor. "She's just fun to be around, she makes history interesting."
"It feels as if you have actually accomplished, that a little piece of you is inside them," said Frye. "That's the most exciting part."
Melanie Frye, this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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