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11/28/07

Top Teacher--Aislinn Rehwinkel

Aislinn Rehwinkel is this week's WTOC Top Teacher. Aislinn Rehwinkel is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.

SAVANNAH, GA--Aislinn Rehwinkel is quizzing her sophomore students at Memorial Day School in Savannah on the novel "Brave New World".

She didn't always know that she wanted to be a high school teacher, but this Yale graduate definitely knew her passion was literature.

"I figured teaching would be somewhere in the equation, but for a long time I thought I would teach at the college level and it wasn't until I started teaching high school that I realized I actually much prefer the classroom interaction that you get in high school."

And for four years now, she's been getting positive interaction and reaction from her students because they say she is fun and unique.

"She's just an amazing teacher," said student Tiffany Jordan. "She is so passionate about teaching. She really cares about her students, about whether they pass or fail, not just teaching her lesson."

"She gets really into the lesson," said student Rebekah Hill. "She'll act it out and then she'll give you extra credit and she understands whether or you are understanding what's going on."

"The key is to try to talk to them on their level, try to make it something accessible," said Rehwinkel. "A lot of problems come when teachers stand up in front of the classroom and lose their sense of reality and forget what it was like to be a student because sometimes things are hard."

So for making her students' lives a bit easier by being their teacher as well as their friend, Aislinn Rehwinkel is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.

Reported By: Karla Redditte, kredditte@wtoc.com

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