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Thanks to Special Teacher, Technology Keeps Special First Grader Connected

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week’s Tools for Teachers award of 319 dollars goes to April Clark, a first grade teacher at Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary in Big Cove. Amber Bray sent us this nomination after hearing the story of Ms. Clark’s commitment to keep one special student connected to the rest of the her class, even at a distance.

Mary Nelson, a first grader in Ms. Clark’s class, suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that affects Mary’s muscles but not her mind. Mary loves school and is a very bright student, but her condition often keeps her home. Ms. Clark is not letting that stop Mary from learning and staying connected with her classmates, though. When she is stuck at home, Mary still attends class through video chat on on iPad, which set up on a easel next to the rest of the students.

If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.