Edgefield, S.C. (WJBF) - Jenny Yonce teaches Special Education at W.E. Parker Elementary School.
"Teacher cadet in high school many , many years ago. My senior year , I went to Douglas Elementary in Trenton," Yonce says. "I fell in love with a little boy with Down Syndrome. I just knew that's what I wanted to do."
And she's been going strong ever since. 21 years and counting as someone her kids can always count on.
"I just love children. If they don't feel good about themselves, then they're not going to learn. They have to feel good about what they do and love themselves and go from there."
Progress in here may not be measured in grades on a report card, but Ms. Yonce knows when they're doing well.
"Observation constantly of the children and how they're learning. We do a lot of testing, a lot of one on one testing. I give kids tests, we do have a lot of tests on the computer that tell us things. But mainly just knowing each child individually and what they need."
She's giving them such a solid foundation here at W.E. Parker. One that will last long after they leave.
"My main rule in life, treat others the way you want to be treated. I just hope they'll turn out to be great citizens."
Congratulations Jenny Yonce. And thank you for helping your students and for being such a bright light for their families.
"It means the world to me," she says. "It's why I do what I do. You're going to make me cry. I just love it."
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