EMANUEL COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - It takes time, effort, and a lot of love to be a teacher, but it’s also something special when you teach in the town where you were born.
Teresa Hatcher knows a thing or two about what students children are going through. She grew up in Twin City and has been teaching there for 27 years.
“It’s wonderful because everybody knows each other. It’s a small, rural community. You know most of the parents and grandparents, as long as I have been teaching,” she said.
Many things have changed over 27 years in the classroom, from technology to teaching techniques, but what hasn’t changed is the love and care Hatcher gives everyday to her students.
"I just try to make sure they feel safe, joy, the classroom, they feel like they can talk to you. I listen to them, she said. “You really just have to stay focused and listen to the kids. Focus on their work and be patient.”
“Ms. Hatcher is a extremely loving caring teacher. She enjoys her job she is very committed, very loyal, and always puts these students are the forefront of her mind in what she does on a daily basis,” said Principal, Todd Williford.
“I think she is a Top Teacher because she is amazing, nice and sweet, and if we have a question, she will help us out with it,” said student, Alyssa Barnes.
“Always wanted to make a difference in a child’s life, always wanted to see how they grow, and always enjoy adults coming up to me and saying 'you were my 3rd Grade teacher,” Hatcher said.
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