SAVANNAH, GA--Lara Hermance is going over a quick literacy lesson in her kindergarten class at Gould Elementary in Savannah. She says she didn't know she wanted a career in teaching until her junior year in college.
In fact, her major was:
"Accounting," said Hermance. "It was a big change."
And her 16 students would probably say it was a change for the better.
For four years now, she has been introducing kindergartners to a whole new world of education, while having fun at the same time.
"We go 90 miles an hour in this classroom," said Hermance. "That's for sure. Like for Thanksgiving, we went on a pretend Mayflower voyage. And so we had a boat in here and they packed suitcases, and we talked about needs and wants and they had to pack things in their suitcase that they needed and that they want, and so just constantly doing hands-on activities, activities where they are using their bodies just to stay interested in learning."
She says she is amazed every year by her students' progress.
But while they learn a lot from her, she learns quite a few lessons from these little ones as well.
"They teach you that every life is so important and that you don't know what is going on in their lives so you just have to love every single one of them for all their strengths and all their weaknesses," said Hermance.
So for her genuine love and concern for her students while providing a fun learning experience on a daily basis, Lara Hermance is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
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