Math is a passion for Marlene Griffith, and it has been for a long time.
"I actually knew in the third grade that I wanted to be a teacher, but not just a teacher," said Griffith. "I wanted to be a math teacher. I knew that in the third grade. I've always loved it, and I had great math teachers growing up, and I knew that's what I wanted to do."
And that's what she has been doing now for over two decades, teaching advanced math students such things as how to solve appreciation and depreciation problems and continuously compounding interest.
But it is her fun spirit that makes her such a hit with current and former students.
She is known for taking time out to help them understand every problem, and they seem to always remember that.
"Some of them call me and come back and I tutor them at my kitchen table," said Griffith." They'll email me- you know, 'What do I do about this?', and 'Send me a unit circle, I need it for my calculus class'."
So, for her fun way of teaching and her concern beyond the classroom, Marlene Griffith adds yet another award to her wall as this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
"I'll have to get my husband to come up here and drill me another hole in the wall," said Griffith.
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