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12/19/07

Top Teacher--Alicia Schumacher

Alicia Schumacher is this week's WTOC Top Teacher. Alicia Schumacher is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.

SAVANNAH, GA--Alicia Schumacher started to incorporate fun games into her math courses when she was in high school.

That's the only way she could understand the lessons.

"I always tell my students that I used to do the strangest things with math to make it work for me," said Schumacher. "I used to use sticky notes and I would do tape like this on the floor. I would write on my bedroom mirror with dry erase markers, anything to make it interesting."

And for two years now at Savannah Arts Academy, she has been trying to keep geometry and algebra interesting for all of her students.

"We get up and move around like you saw them doing the triangles and things like that," said Schumacher. "We move around, and you can make them be math, when you make them be part of the math, it makes them understand so much better."

Some of her advanced students now understand how geometry is part of everyday life through Christmas ornaments they made for the classroom tree.

"I love to see the light bulb go off, that they understand it, and I love for them get just a little bit as excited as I get about math every day," said Schumacher. "They respond so much better to somebody who can get down on their level and make them understand in their way.I've learned that you can't teach your way. You got to teach their way."

So for teaching in a way her students understand and seem to enjoy, Alicia Schumacher is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.

Reported By: Karla Redditte, kredditte@wtoc.com

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