Wednesday, May 28, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Teachers
Tonight,the Best of South Florida is moving to the head of the class. After weeks of studying, we have the final report card on the area's Top Teacher. And if you believe our viewers, three of them grade above the rest.
(WSVN) -- Buses, books, and bells.
If that's all school means to you, consider taking a lesson from South Florida's Best Teachers.
"I think she deserves it. I think she needs to know she's working hard. She needs to know she's one of the best."
Well, she does now.
Our Viewers' Third Choice is Miss Colleen Sharon from Miami Springs Middle School.
Miss Sharon says,"Is this for real?"
She adds,"Don't you warn people like I'm coming with a video camera to your school?"
No, Miss Sharon, this is one pop quiz you pass you with flying colors.
"She tries a lot to teach us and to understand what we need so she could help us."
But how does Miss Sharon do it? For starters she keeps her classroom feeling like a home away from home.
She says, "Oh, you have kids, oh yes, I have 87 of them. I do I have 87 kids."]
"When they are part of your family and you love them that much than teaching them comes pretty naturally."
Naturally terrific is what our viewers are saying about their Second Choice Dr. Leah Nachman of Nob Hill Elementary School in Sunrise.
Dr. Nachman says,"I'm very excited to be on TV. Had I known I would have fixed my hair."
Not to worry, these kindergarteners don't seem to mind.
"I love Mrs.Nachman a lot. She is the best teacher and fun too."
"She reads the best books. She loves to drink coffee."
"I love that enthusiasm and I take them from children who generally have no concept of academics to children who are independent and they read and they write."
Molding young minds is certainly something Dr. Nachman knows well.
She's been caring for kids for nearly three decades.
She says, "The secret is and I learned this a long time ago I try to treat each child like they were may own and I think about if this is my child what would I what someone to say to them, do for them."
But if you're going to interrupt this classroom, there better be a good reason
"Oh, wow...it says the Best Teacher in South Florida, Ms. Amaris Leon."
That's right our viewers think the Best Teacher in South Florida is Miss Amaris Leon of Rivera Middle School in Miami.
"Every time I walk in here, I'm going to learn something."
"If we learn a problem, she will take us individually and she'll explain it to us. Sometimes the whole class has the whole problem and she teaches us one by one."
But her speciality is teaching reading.
Miss Leon is wild about words and she'll do whatever it takes to keep the pages turning.
She says, "Whatever interests them. Even it's monsters or gobblins or cars or boats. Just to get them that interest because once they have it that they pretty much have their reading for life."
And that's an "A" for achievement.
"I used to not like to read a lot but she's teaching me to get used to it."
Miss Leon says, "It's very rewarding to hear them say that, especially that I instilled it in them."
Next week, grab your bibs and the melted butter.. because we're catching the Best Seafood in Town.
Also, we're now taking your votes for the Best Dive Shop in all of South Florida.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miss Amaris Leon
Riveria Middle School
10301 sw 48th st
Dr. Leah Nachman
Nob Hill Elementary School
2100 NW 104th Ave
Sunrise, FL 33322
Miss Colleen Sharon
Miami Springs Middle School
150 S. Royal Poinciana Blvd.
Miami Springs, FL 33166