SAVANNAH, GA--Tahisha Gresham teaches language arts to seventh graders at DeRenne Middle School.
This is something she's wanted to do ever since she was in high school.
"Previously, I wanted to be an obstetrician," said Gresham. "And in high school, there were so many teachers that touched my life, that I said this is a career where I want to be able to touch lives and change lives for the future."
And she's been touching her students' lives now for four years through her creative teaching methods.
"She uses real life examples so you're more likely to remember something fun as an experience than just something down on paper or on the board," said student Jessica Locko.
One real life example is a funeral, where students bury words they use repeatedly.
It's simply a lesson to help them expand their vocabulary.
"We actually have a dead word funeral, where I create a casket," said Gresham. "We have pallbearers and the kids get an opportunity to have fun with it as well as bury their words and give them basically an idea of not using the words again or at least try not to use those words again. In order for students to understand the concept and embed the concept where it is not memorization, it's actual learning, they have to have a real life concept for them to make that connection and be able to move forward and take that throughout their lives."
So for "keeping it real" and having fun with her students at the same time, Tahisha Gresham is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
"This just shows me that when you try your best, and your best is all you can do, then you are rewarded for your best," said Gresham.
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