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“As teachers, we try to make learning fun,” explained Jeanette Nicholas. “The best thing about teaching fourth graders is that they make teaching fun! Seeing their love of learning makes me realize my love of teaching.”

Beginning her teaching career 29 years ago, South Park Elementary students have gotten to work with Mrs. Nicholas for the past 23 years.

“Jeanette cares deeply for her students and helps them in any way she possibly can,” said Principal Jennifer Roberts.

From pretending to teach as a child – dreams turned to reality; and today, Jeanette’s class is a place “where students feel comfortable and can learn,” said Jennifer.

When Jeanette sees a situation arise where she can lend a helping hand, she does. She will go above and beyond for her students making sure their success is attainable.

“Jeanette was the one who noticed my son was struggling in school,” explained Cora Brown. “We began a gambit of testing and were able to get him the help he needed. He’s a senior this year and on the honor roll – all because Mrs. Nicholas saw a need and helped him.”

Whether she is brainstorming new ideas to bring to the classroom, or helping students become the best they can be – Jeanette shines in the lives of all those around her.

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By Jenna Carda
Photo by Legacy