ABC 36 Teacher of the Week: Amy Harris, Wellington Elementary

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)– For teachers, love of the job goes beyond just making sure kids can pass a test.

“I wanted to have an impact. I wanted to be a person they knew they could rely on. They could come talk to me about anything and be in their lives,” said Wellington Elementary first-grade teacher Amy Harris.

For 19 years, Harris has been doing just that. As a first grade teacher in the Fayette County Public Schools system, she has had the chance to play big roll in making sure kids get that foundation for the rest of their schooling years.

“The academic portion obviously is so necessary but we’re the first ones to teach them… it can be fun, so teaching them to have fun is so important because it’s going to be an uphill battle otherwise,” said Harris.

That’s one of the reasons she was nominated as this week’s WTVQ ABC 36 News Parent-Teacher Store Teacher of the Week.

In a time when a pandemic has separated teachers and students physically, Harris has made sure she knows her kids, even visiting them in person…six feet apart and with a mask, of course.

Classes are happening online which she says has been interesting, to say the least.

“I’ve seen many little bros and sisters more than I’ve ever seen, I’ve seen everyone’s pet,” said Harris about class on ZOOM.

She says it hasn’t been an easy first couple weeks at the start of the fall 2020 session, but she just wants it to be as normal as possible for her students and parents.

That commitment is exactly what makes her our ABC 36 Teacher of the Week.

If you know an educator who goes above and beyond, nominate them to be our ABC 36 Parent-Teacher Store Teacher of the Week.

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