SAVANNAH, GA--Pamela Thompson is teaching her history students about what happened during communism in the Soviet Union. Thompson is a learning specialist at West Chatham Middle School, providing more in-depth lessons to students in a variety of subjects.
"I don't know what else I would do with my life," said Thompson.
She's been teaching now for 14 years. Some describe her as being like a second mother to her students, offering help in any situation.
"I live my job," said Thompson. "I'm constantly thinking mainly about my kids. My main concern and objective is to care for my children and make sure they are getting what they need, academically and emotionally, too."
And she does that every day by bringing real life examples into each of her lessons. She says she does this because she wants them to learn and enjoy learning for the rest of their lives, perhaps with the same passion as she enjoys teaching them.
"It's my kids that drive me," said Thompson. "It's my kids that make me get up in the morning and want to come in and when I see them walking down the hall and they say my name, you know, I just love kids and I want to make a difference."
So for making a positive difference in the lives of her students, Pamela Thompson is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.