MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With a heart full of a love and patience, one teacher in Montgomery has made it her goal to make each child in her classroom feel important. Her name is Mary Lant Watson.
Watson has always known she wanted to be an educator.
"When I was young I would line up all my baby dolls, play school and create lessons for them," said Watson. "As I got older, I realized how working with children is such a gift, and so I found that teaching is a great blend of those two passions of mine."
Now finishing up her second year at Vaughn Road Elementary, Mrs. Watson has enjoyed the time she has had with these kids, and she has learned a lot from her 3rd graders.
"I love this age because they are always excited and so full of life," she said. "I have also learned that ownership is so important to them; whether it be (being) table captain for the week or the teacher's helper for the day, then they can build something that they are proud off. My main goal for my students is for them to know that I love them, care for them and that they know they are valued in this classroom. I want them to feel free to be themselves, and I think that starts with a loving teacher. "
Watson was nominated by a parent because of the way she compassionately works alongside each student. At the end of the day, she knows the best way to keep her students engaged in the learning process is to be excited about what she teaches them.
"I would say I am very enthusiastic and I love what I do," she said. "So if I can show them that the most important thing to me that day is what I am teaching, then they will think it is interesting."
Congratulations Mrs. Watson, you're this week's Class Act!