Carol Burton gets to see a lot of progress in a short time.
"And so we go from almost a blank slate to reading and writing. I just like seeing the light come on. It's a fun age," she says.
The school year is about halfway done and these Westmont Elementary School students have been working non-stop.
"Most of them, like you just heard them talk about sentences, at the beginning of the year most of them didn't know all of their letters and sounds or how to put letters together for words," she says. "So yes, they've made a tremendous amount of progress."
Mrs. Burton knows that her role goes far beyond what the job requires. "I'm with them 7 hours a day. Sometimes I'm with them longer than their parent is with them. And, a lot of times I'm their stability."
They'll be ready to tackle whatever comes next when they leave here.
"Since I've taught first grade, I know where they need to be at the end of kindergarten. And I just try to work really hard to make sure they get what they need to get them there."
Mrs. Burton is constantly contributing to the lives of these children. So what does she get out of all her hard work?
"This is just what I love doing. This is my 33rd year and I'm not ready to go yet. This is just what I enjoy doing."
And we sure are glad you're doing it. Way to go Carol Burton at Westmont Elementary School.
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