Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Amanda Climer

MILAN, Tenn. — “I have to keep them occupied,” teacher Amanda Climer said. “They’re not going to sit and listen to an ordinary lesson, like in a typical classroom.” Climer teaches special education at Milan Elementary School and has been for three years. She knew from an early age she wanted to teach students with disabilities. “I worked with a student that was disabled when I was in high school, and ever since then I have wanted to work with disabled children.” Climer strives to teach life lessons to her students that will carry on into their futures. “I want them to be able to function in the real world,” she said. “I want them to be able to go out with their typical peers and to be able to play with them and not feel different.” She teaches with fun activities and games to keep her students’ attention. “We’re constantly moving,” Climer said. “We’re constantly singing songs — always something that they’re interested in — toys and games.” Climer has a true love for her job. “On my daily life, I just thank God for them every day because they’re why I wake up in the mornings,” she said. “They’re why I come to school. They’re why I come to work.” She says it’s her love of teaching that drives her every day. “I just love it, and I wouldn’t choose any other career.” Climer will be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month Award. To vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com. To nominate a teacher for the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com.

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