Amazing Star in the Classroom

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Since 2002, teachers all across the nation have been working to make sure that no child is left behind. In order to meet the law's high standards of learning, Barbour Magnet School incorporates curriculum and languages.

On Tuesday, one of Barbour's teachers became the first No Child Left Behind American Stars in Teaching recipient in Illinois.

With 20 years of teaching experience, it's hard to surprise this veteran teacher, but students and staff at Barbour Magnet School pulled it off. Now, Miss Turner is the first teacher in Illinois to receive this honor from the U.S. Department of Education.

During Miss Turner’s speech she addressed the students by saying, "You are so amazing. You are the reason I get up everyday. You are all so special."

Her students can testify to the way she truly makes sure no child is left behind.

Karen Guzman tells 23 News, “She doesn't give up on us and she will keep working with us until we get it. I think she's a wonderful teacher."

But what's unique about Miss Turner's 5th grade classroom is the fact that half the subjects are taught in English and half are in Spanish. Barbour is a Two-Way Language Immersion Magnet School.

Carolyn Snowbarger with the U.S. Department of Education says, "Here at Barbour there are many language barriers, but that hasn't stopped the school from performing well."

Teaching in two languages comes easy to Miss Turner who is fluent in English, Spanish and German, and even on this day when she is the apple of many eyes, she gives out an A+ to the students and staff.

Miss Turner says, "It's a great honor, but like I said, there are so many others should have won. I hope everyone in this building knows how amazing they are."

This is the first year the U.S. Department of Education is giving out the American Stars in Teaching Award.


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