SAVANNAH GA--For eight years now, Jesse Lazzuri has combined two of her passions, teaching and science, into one.
"Oh, I am so lucky," said Lazzurri. "I have to tell you that because I love my job. I get up and I want to go to work in the morning. I absolutely love my job."
And that love turns into fun for her 7th and 8th grade students at St. Andrew's School each day.
They are learning to enjoy the world of science through engaging lessons in cell membranes and genetics.
"We've gotten to do lots of things with probability labs, and a really fun one is taste test lab where you get to taste different strips of paper and see if they have the correct genes to taste them," said Lazzurri. "So I like to keep them busy and up moving around out of their seats."
She wants her students to be active critical thinkers, not just in science class, but in other areas of their lives as well.
She also hopes they are learning something else from her. "I'm also really huge on organization," said Lazzurri. "So I'd like for them to be organized when they leave me, and that's such a struggle for many 7th and 8th graders."
So for her way of making science fun, as well as being more than just a teacher but a friend too.
"It's not all about me being in the classroom," said Lazzurri. "It's all about them and they give me important information all the time. They say the most insightful things."
Jesse Lazzurri is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.