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Local Teacher Selected for National Education Program

Debi McNeal and students. Debi McNeal and students.

You know teamwork makes just about everything better, and one teacher is proving that in the classroom--and on the road. Windsor Forest High School assistant principal Debi McNeal is becoming known across the country for her teaching style. The United States Department of Education's Teacher Training Corps recently selected her to be a part of their program.

"For me, I just want to get back to teaching," she said.

McNeal has been involved with education for nine years, five of which she spent teaching science. During her time in the classroom, she quickly learned that when teachers work together, instead of alone, students do better.

"They do everything together," she said. "They plan, they share practices, labs, they share quizzes and tests, so all students are exposed to the very best structure possible."

As part of the Teacher Training Corps, McNeal will take what she knows on the road, sharing her teaching knowledge with other educators. She is one of 70 teachers chosen nationwide to take part in this program, an achievement principal Linda Herman is very proud of.

"Sometimes, we think in Savannah, down in deep south Georgia, we're different from the rest of the country," Principal Herman said. "In fact we're not. We have outstanding teachers all around us and she will represent everyone very well."

McNeal has one main teaching philosophy: difficult doesn't always mean bad. "You should always be a little bit uncomfortable. Some type of difficulty in your life that...makes you do a little better."

McNeal's busy, already visiting California and Missouri, with conferences in Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina this summer.

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com


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