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Yarbrough Elem. teacher finds secret to keeping kids productive

Fourth-year teacher Lindzee Mooty (Source: WSFA 12 News) Fourth-year teacher Lindzee Mooty (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Mooty reads to her students (Source: WSFA 12 News) Mooty reads to her students (Source: WSFA 12 News)
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

When you walk into her Yarbrough Elementary School classroom, you can't help but notice the positive and productive environment that surrounds you. That mood is set by fourth year teacher Lindzee Mooty. Her passion for education was sparked while enrolled in a college speech class. 

"It's actually kind of funny," Mooty laughed. "I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was in high school. I went to a community college and I got the hardest teacher. So we walked in on the first night and she said 'this class will change your life' and I thought surely not."

But it did! That professor saw potential in Mooty and thought she could be an excellent educator. A vote of confidence helped seal the deal for her career choice and now she works with her own students to help shape them into well-rounded humans without taking away from the fact they are still children.

"I think it is important to let them be kids," Mooty explained. "I feel like that is a lost thing now. But then at the same time I feel like responsibility is a lost art as well, so maintaining a balance between letting them have fun and teaching them how to be a good person - that's important."

Being a third-grade teacher, Mrs. Mooty knows better than anyone that 8 and 9-year-old kids don't always sit still, and she believes that stability balls may hold a hidden secret when it comes to productivity.

"I researched them and found out how it can help with just being attentive or even calming, things like that. Also, if they are going to be with me for eight hours a day and they are going to be sitting, they might as well have some movement," Mooty said. "It has really made a difference; it has made it a really happy atmosphere and it brought a lot of life into our classroom."

That class packs a whole lot of love into one room, and Mrs. Mooty wouldn't have it any other way.

"They are the sweetest and the smartest and they inspire me every day."

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