Dallas County Teacher is a Class Act

For 20 years Elizabeth Guyton has taught in Dallas County. Now she's on the faculty of Southside Primary school where she teaches kindergartners. Often she's the first teacher her students have. Her key to ensure they're learning is to mix education with fun. Guyton says, "whatever skill I am doing or introducing that's new to them, I introduce it in a fun way and the next day they want to do it again. 'Let's play that game again (her students say).' But they don't realize they're learning to read playing that game or they're learning to count or add and subtract."

When youngsters complete kindergarten here Southside they have to know how to read and do simple math. Guyton helps teachers in other classrooms assist their students. Southside principal Patricia Redd says, "we have a new reading program this year and it requires a lot of organization to pull the materials and get the materials ready. And she has been spending nights making it more teacher-friendly and putting all of the information on a sheet, so a teacher just has to look (and can say), 'tomorrow I'm teaching this lesson, and this is what I need to pull in order to teach that lesson.'"

Guyton cares about her students' emotional well-being. Somehow if the tooth fairy skips over their house, the kids get a special visit at school. Guyton says, "they have to run up and down the hall telling every teacher that, 'the tooth fairy came to school.' Then they'll tell them, 'the tooth fairy forgot them last night, but they sure came to Southside Primary.'"

Guyton also loads her classroom with hands-on learning activities that she's designed herself. She's been at Southside for eight years.

Education Reporter: Michael Briddell