Students and teachers are all looking forward to their summer break. But one teacher in Hazlehurst is making sure her students are ready for next fall, even before they head out for summer.
Leslie Mills is always there with a smile to help her math students at Jeff Davis Middle School. Mills was born and raised in Savannah and remembers her days in school.
"Growing up in Savannah in the 1960s and '70s, we were ready to go to the moon," she said. "Math was important. I wanted to be an astronaut. But I was too tall."
This five-foot ten-inch tall woman became a math teacher instead. And in 29 years of teaching, she has cast a big shadow and launched many children on the path to success.
"I want them to have a love for life, I want them to live each day to the fullest," she said. "I want them to have a zest for life and become lifelong learners."
Student Blayne May told us, "Mrs. Mills makes us think. A few days ago, we were doing 10th grade math, so when we get to high school we already know this stuff."
"Not only I had her, but my older brother," said classmate Jake Brewer. "I've heard so many great things about her. I just thought she deserved an award."
"I hope to make it to 40 years," said Mills. "You can retire at 30. But the way the students motivate me, I hope I make it to 40."
Leslie Mills, this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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