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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Virginia Hamilton

School:  Indialantic Elementary

Subject:  Gifted Resource

State:  FL

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

Diane Grover, a teacher of the humanities courses in junior college. Her classes were hands-on and creative, not just a paper-and-pencil class. An example was when we were studying Louis XIV. She handed us tissues for hankies and grape juice as wine and taught us the waltz. I knew then that teaching COULD be fun, and I knew then that's what I wanted to do. Now both of us teach gifted classes in feeder schools.

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How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

Now teaching 22 years, I feel like I am still learning. How can I not? I teach the brightest most talented kids! The world has changed, so I am constantly looking for ways to change with the world and challenge my students. My answer to this is through community involvement and teaching kids to care.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

Teach what you are passionate about. Find what you love and integrate it into your curriculum. If you are passionate, it shows, and the kids feed from that passion.

My best day in the classroom was when…

I found that my passion integrated into my curriculum worked. Animals, specifically, dogs. Check out this site.

The best compliment I ever received was...

I just received one yesterday. I started a humane program in the schools, and an at-risk student who has been living in a foster home is going home. The kids he associates with, including himself, are cruel to cats. He now believes they deserve to be treated with respect and will bring what he has learned home.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

The fall, when all the holiday seasons are upon us and everyone has joy in their hearts.

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?

Printer ink

What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

Homemade smoothies but MUST have my coffee!

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

"The Voice"


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