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MARBURY, AL (WSFA) -

It's day three in the new school year for Sally Meek, another year to make a difference.

Meek is a Special Education teacher at Marbury Middle School in Autauga County, a teacher for more than 20 years with children with special needs.

On this day Meek is teaching a math intervention course. It's a small class of no more than 6  8th graders who find themselves behind.

"Sometimes they get behind on reading and that can be attributed to a number of reasons," said Meek.

It is Meek's job to first rescue their self-esteem, one of the more difficult parts of teaching.

"You have to get to know their them and their families," said Meek.

From there Meek does her work and takes the time to walk them through a tough spot. It's Meek's goal of getting them across what she calls the 'magical threshold' of learning. It's the moment they 'get it.'

"When I see their eyes light up it makes it all worthwhile," Meek said.

And for Sally Meek that makes all the difference in the world.

Meek could retire in about three years but has no plans to give it up. Meek says the children are too important to walk away. It's a life calling.

"I can't imagine doing anything else," Meek said.

For Sally Meek the learning never stops, and neither does her efforts to help those who need a hand.

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