Thanks to Special Teacher, Technology Keeps Special First Grader Connected

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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.


  • Sue

    Mrs. Clark sounds like a dedicated teacher who cares about her students. That is Great! Nice to know there is someone who goes out of their way to make sure everyone can be educated!

  • Tambra Key

    This is a special person Mrs. Clark coming from a parent that knows how you want your child to be included. Also this is also teaching the children in class to treat people with disabilities the same as any other person. Thank you for providing this for child.

  • ray Cooper jr.

    That’s my baby sister, we are so really proud of her and she is a very special lady. She is so smart and talented. I love her very much and always will. So proud!!!! Love you A.

  • Juanita Crider

    Awwww, that’s beautiful April. 💜💖 Mommas so proud of You and your beautiful heart ! You do Rock !!

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