Florence teacher honored for her efforts in the classroom

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Christi Lambert helps second grade students with a counting exercise at Weeden Elementary in Florence.

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An elementary school teacher is being recognized on the state level for making an impact on her students.

In the second grade hallway of Weeden Elementary School in Florence, Mrs. Christi Lambert’s class is going over counting exercises for math work.

They count everything from Lego’s to shapes on an iPad.

Little do they know their teacher has been awarded one of the highest honors there is for teaching professionals.

“They like to be up and moving,” explained Lambert. “So we do a lot of AMSTI math, the kids are working with manipulatives; they’re not just sitting there looking at a board.”

With the transformation of the old classroom to one with technology surrounding the students, Christi Lambert has found ways to keep her children engaged in the learning process.

Lambert said by making mathematics fun for the children, they learn much faster and it sticks.

For her efforts in the classroom, Lambert has received the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

She’s one of three teachers in the state to be recognized.

“I always loved math myself and now I get to teach children and just seeing them involved and how much they enjoy it, makes me happy,” stated Lambert.

And judging from the smiles on these kids’ faces, the students seem to be pretty happy as well.

One of the three teachers from Alabama will be nominated by a national selection committee to represent the state.

National winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and honored in Washington D.C.