Sydney Prescott teaches science and social studies to 5th graders at Goshen Elementary School. She's been teaching for 14 years.
"I just had a lot of good teachers growing up and just knew that I wanted to make a positive impact on children. The same as they'd made on me", she says.
One of her approaches to that positive impact is keeping a solid connection with the kids.
"You talk to them in their terms. You keep it real. You keep it fun. You try to make it as entertaining as possible. And just respect that they're 10 year olds and they're 11 year olds, and you just need to keep it on that level. Make it real for them", she says.
Mrs. Prescott takes time to make sure her students have a firm grasp of everything they're learning.
"I want them to talk to me. I need to know what they know. I know it. I need to make sure that they know it. I try to make the atmosphere comfortable for them to participate, knowing that if they make a mistake, that's okay. That's what life is about."
It's also about great rewards. Rewards that keep coming for Sydney Prescott.
She says, "Seeing them in the summer and them coming to me and telling me what they're doing, how I've impacted them, something that we've learned the previous year. That they've visited a museum because of something that we've talked about, because they've read a book because of something that we've talked about in class. Just seeing those a-ha moments and getting to see that learning continue on even after they leave me."
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