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Star Teacher of The Week: Clara Caudill of West Elementary in DeSoto County

Sabrina Katz Star Teacher this week is a little different than usual because of the pandemic—instead of the classroom, 3rd-grade teacher Clara Caudill is teaching from her living room, and she’s going the extra mile to bring comfort to her students during this trying time.

Ms. Caudill is adjusting to her normal, but her classroom is at West Elementary in DeSoto County. Teaching from her living room has been an adjustment but she’s not letting it stop how she cares for her students.

“When I did my first zoom meeting with my students I got to see the excitement on their faces when they saw each other— when they saw me, and when they realized their not actually alone,” said Caudill.

With everything going on Ms. Caudill is making a priority to not just teach—but show comfort to her students as well.

“School is important but I’m here for their mental health as well,” Caudill said.

Not being able to be in the classroom has been tough on everyone…especially student Kiptyn Alley… He says he misses Ms. Caudill because she makes the learning fun.

Alley says he also misses talking to his friends.

And although it’s hard to stay positive in the midst of the chaos— Ms.Caudill is staying on the bright side.

“I am thankful for this experience because it has truly taught me what’s important and what’s not…I’m learning that it’s not all about the curriculum it’s about the social well being of my students as well,” said Caudill.

If there is a teacher in your life that is going above and beyond you can submit their names to Sabrina Katz WINK Traffic.

Reporter:Sabrina Katz
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