Tara Griffin has been teaching for the past 12 years and she still treats every day on the job as if it were her first. And it's the small successes in her fourth grade classroom that please her the most.
She's getting the kids involved at Jordye Bacon Elementary in Hinesville by having them build their own designs with toothpicks and marshmallows.
"We do fun activities to have a hands-on experience, just beyond paper-and-pencil activities," she said.
Griffin says she enjoys seeing the excitement on the children's faces, and she learns just as much from them as they do from her. "Knowing they have learned something, they're excited, when they leave and excited when they come in."
Student Antonio Willingham told us, "She's a good teacher. Most of the time we do fun activities. Most of the time she don't yell and if she disciplines us, we deserve it, we deserve her as a teacher."
"Since we're in a military community, they might not all wind up here, but I hope they learn from me," said Griffin, adding it's important "being a good role model for them."
Tara Griffin, this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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