Do you remember your first grade teacher? There's one at Rincon Elementary who wants to make sure her students never forget her.
First grade can be quite an adventure, especially in Debi Atkins' class. "Give them an inch, they'll take a mile," she laughed. "So you have to keep ahead, and plus things are moving so fast these days."
So Atkins tries to keep things moving fast in the classroom too. One minute, her kids might be doing work on their individual boards and the next minute they might be practicing patriotic songs with their teacher as the lead singer.
"I was born to sing," she said. "I sing to them a lot. And I make up little rhymey things. And one of the children in here said, 'Mrs. Atkins, you should have been in the opera!'"
But teaching she says is her true calling, no matter where she is. "I have taught at eight different school in eight different towns. So I have a lot of children and a lot of different places all in my heart."
Rincon is one of her favorite schools so far, not just because of these students, but also because of the faculty and staff. "This place is so wonderful to work."
And one of the things that makes it so wonderful is this educator, herself. Debi Atkins, this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
So far, Atkins has 28 years in the business.
If you'd like to nominate a Top Teacher, you can download an application form here and send it to us at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or fax it to (912) 231-9109.