CBS47's Mike Scott visited Wolters Elementary in Fresno, where a new teacher is making a big impact on students.
We picked Wolters after we received an e-mail from a student, Devin Griffin, who talked about how much he likes his new teacher, and he thinks she deserves some recognition.
Devin is talking about his 6th grad teacher, Rhyea Cortopassi. It's her very first year teaching, but she's already having a big impact on these young people, getting them to learn by making the lessons fun.
"If you do without the fun, it's pretty much boring. But if you do it with fun, you have a good time learning it, and you pretty much get a better concept of it," said Devin.
Rhyea Cortopassi said, "This is a great group of kids. We've kind of created a little family full of love. And so it's been a lot of fun. We feed off each other. I learn from the kids. The kids learn from me. So, we're kind of a big team."
Principal Debbie Hawkins said, "She is the most energetic first-year teacher I've ever hired. She's fun- loving with her kids. She makes learning fun. They want to learn. They want to be here at school."
Rhyea said, "My way of showing love is... I don't have kids yet; my husband and I are newly married, and so I tell them that you're my kids. So, I expect things from you, but I'm going to love you unconditionally. And so I kind of have that relationship with them. I feel they want to work for me because they don't want to let me down and disappoint me."
Student Dashawn Gray said, "I guess I wasn't thinking about college or anything, but she made me feel like I want to go to college."
"She comes to school everyday, happy, getting us ready to learn and she's pretty much an inspiring person," said Devin.
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