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Educator of the Week - Butler

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

MCLEMORESVILLE, Tenn. - West Carroll Primary School teacher, Suzanne Butler says that education has always played a big role in her life.

"I grew up playing school. I never thought about doing anything else, this has always been it for me and I wouldn't change that," explained Butler.

Teaching 7 and 8-year-olds can be difficult. Butler said that as an educator you need to go the extra mile for them.

"Not only teach them skills and life skills they need to be come an independent adult." A good educator does that while love them and letting them know that what they do matters," said Butler.

Butler has taught second grade for 25 years and said she enjoys the small atmosphere of her classroom because she can get to know her students.

"It's a small community. I've had a lot of their parents because they tend to stay in the community," said Butler. She explained getting to know them on a personal level helps her understand more about where they are coming from.

Seeing generations of students in her classroom serves as a good reminder that everyday in the classroom matters.

"I have several former students who have done well and I love to see that. Who love to carry on and do well to make a good life of them self," said Butler.
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