BRUNSWICK, GA--There never seems to be a dull moment in Gwendolyn Thomas' fifth grade class at Burroughs Molette Elementary School in Brunswick.
"I remember what it was like to come to school and be bored, if there's such a thing as that," said Thomas. "So I try not to let my classroom get boring, so we have a lot of fun. But along with having fun, we learn a lot too."
She sets some of her lessons to music or simple chants, simply as a way to help her 22 students remember what they need to know.
And it seems to pay off. For the last few years, her fifth graders have scored extremely well on the state's CRCT tests.
"She really knows the true value education, and she knows that education can unlock so many doors and that's something that she does each and every day, stressing the importance of education," said principal Morris Arrington.
And she learned that importance from teachers in the building, when she was a student at this same school.
So she does not mind passing on the wisdom that was given to her.
"I love them, and to see that light come on, to see them learn something and know that they went home on Monday not knowing it and come in that Tuesday morning willing to learn it, and by Tuesday afternoon, they had it," said Thomas. "That keeps me coming back."
So for coming back now for 18 years, teaching old lessons in a new and exciting way, Gwendolyn Thomas is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.
"I don't need the accolades," said Thomas. "I really don't. I get my accolades when they go to the 6th grade."
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