12-year-old Manny Evans is Joseph Hymes' only student at Hubert Middle School in Savannah. He has cerebral palsy, but that's not stopping him from excelling. Many of Manny's accomplishments have been achieved under the guidance of Mr. Hymes.
This is his first year as a teacher, and he says he loves it. "I love children," said Hymes. "It was a challenge and I'm ready to meet the challenge."
Since the beginning of the school year, Hymes has helped Manny to improve his behavior as well as his motor skills. He has even become adventurous, wanting to go through the halls and greet teachers and students.
"Manny is a handful to say the least, but he is a good student," said Hymes. "It is rewarding to see him meet the challenges that have been before him, particular with his special needs."
"When Mr. Hymes came into the school year, I don't think that he knew the task that he was going to have," said Special Education Department chairperson Kristin Byrd. "And none of us really did because we haven't had a child like Manny in a while at Hubert and we weren't really equipped for him. And Mr. Hymes has just taken him in and has done so much with him."
So for his patience and his love for Manny, and also for his humility, "A lot of this is the efforts and the collaboration of the administration, the support group, and the teachers, and especially the students," said Hymes.
Joseph Hymes is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.