Jeanette Wiggleton has been teaching at Craig Houghton Elementary School for 5 years.
"I think there's no other joy than coming in school and looking at these wonderful kids and their beautiful smiles and their encouragement and their dedication to learn so I just love doing it," she says.
Before she came here, she was social worker at DFACS. She tells us,
"I saw there's a need to educate the kids as well as the parents. And you need to start somewhere so I believe you start with the kids which are the foundation of the family, including the father and the mother. But if the kids can go home and teach the parents what they have learned here then maybe we'll have less reporting of neglect and abuse."
She constantly takes lessons from the field of social work and tries to apply them here.
"We encourage communication for the parents to come to the school and see what the kids are doing. To work with each other, not against each other. To let their kids lead sometimes, because sometimes the kids have something they can teach the parents."
Great advice from a great teacher with a lot of patience. She's also a teacher who appreciates the influence and impact she continues to have on her students. And what are her rewards?
"Knowing that one day one of my kids will say to someone that Ms. Wiggleton was my teacher and I learned something, whether it's tying my shoes or to say thank you, I've learned sometihing from her at Craig-Houghton Elementary School."
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