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Crestline Elementary teacher surprised with award for her hands-on approach to science

HARTSELLE, Ala. - Barbara Helton says she is blessed to be able to teach her science class at Crestline Elementary School in Hartselle.

"The kids came in every day. Did lots of hands-on science, kept science journals, they get lab coats, and safety glasses," Principal Robin Varwig said.

This interactive approach is not limited to the traditional classroom experience. Students are able to use an outdoor classroom or "living laboratory," thanks to Helton and other science teachers.

WHNT News 19 recently surprised Helton with cash for her classroom, which she was more than thrilled to receive.

"OMG, I am so excited! Thank you all!" said Helton.

Rachel Howard, Helton's daughter was the person behind her nomination. Rachel says her mom is more than deserving of this recognition.

"She is an example as a mother she is an example in church. She is an example in the classroom and just strive to be more like her and I hope that I can be."

The money is going right back into her classroom, according to Helton. She plans to buy worms and eggs to hatch for her kids.

Congratulations to Barbara Helton of Crestline Elementary for winning Tools for Teachers!

Tell us about a public school teacher you feel deserves recognition. Send us your nomination today! Honorees will receive $319 for their classroom. Nominees must teach K-12 public schools in the WHNT News 19 viewing area.