HINESVILLE, GA--Frank Kelso is helping his 16 kindergartners to use their imaginations by reading a story to them, without showing the illustrations.
"There's so many different things you can do," said Kelso. "You know, and every day is different when you are working with 5 and 6-year-olds."
And he has been helping to shape the minds of young students at Joseph Martin Elementary School for his entire nine-year teaching career.
"So this was a late life career decision, career move," said Kelso. "One that I am very happy with. I don't regret it. It's great when I come through those doors in the mornings and I say, 'I want to be here'."
And when he is there, it is non-stop action and learning at the same time.
In addition to the basics, these kindergartners are studying sign language and Spanish, which helps them communicate with one student whose first language is Spanish.
"He's very patient," said parent Kenya Ala. "He demonstrates a lot of interest and care in them. He doesn't mind the parents coming into the classroom and sitting in the classroom with them. He works one on one with both the parents and the kids."
"You want them to connect with the school so as a teacher you have to do whatever you can," said Kelso.
And so for doing whatever he can to make sure his students are learning what they should learn and so much more, Frank Kelso is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.