The first few years of a child's life are very important when it comes to learning. That's why kindergarten teachers play such an important role in a child's education.
Amber Durrence teaches her kids the basics about reading and writing at Jordye Bacon Elementary in Hinesville.
"It's one of the best professions anyone could be in," she told us. "These kids teach me more than I teach them. They are my life and I love my job."
Seeing the smiling faces is what makes Durrence love her job. She knows she is a role model in the classroom and the children soak up everything she does. "I know that I've opened their hearts. It's like a light bulb coming on and opened a door for them and their future. So it's very exciting."
Student Lauren Rogers told us, "She's like a mom and she's really nice."
"Because she loves me," said classmate Montrell Madge. "I love her hugs, her hair, everything about her."
"Above all, I want them to know they can come to me," said Durrence. "I'm open to anything they need to tell me. You know I always want them to learn, but I also want them to know I love them."
Amber Durrence, this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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