HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Lisa Shelton, a second grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle, received WHNT News 19's Tools for Teachers Award, which comes with 319 dollars to spend in her classroom. She's been teaching for 35 years and could retire, but she tells us she's not ready to watch from the sidelines yet.
"I also feel like there’s so much more to do, and I think that’s why I’m not ready to retire just yet," Shelton said. "I think there’s so much more that I can learn."
It's that voracious appetite for knowledge that landed a little girl with a big learning challenge in Ms. Shelton's classroom. The student had a learning disorder known as dyscalculia, which is like dyslexia, but with numbers instead of words, and it fell to Ms. Shelton to find a solution.
Long story short, Ms. Shelton sought materials on the subject, and, after a lot of study, trial-and-error, and prayer, the young student began to learn math. Her mom, of course, was thrilled, and expressed her gratitude by sending us this Tools for Teachers nomination.
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.