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Sep 27, 2010 6:53 PM by Andy Koen

Teacher commits to helping students tackle challenging subjects

When you step into Kate Mayne's 3rd grade classroom at Discovery Canyon Elementary, you're likely to hear the students counting off in cadence the rules for rounding numbers, "for the numbers 5 to 9, round those numbers up the line."

"Everyone has their tricks and that's just one of mine," Mayne said. "I think cadences and songs and chants help them ingrain it in their bodies and remember."

But those tricks also help her to teach advanced concepts like algorithms to 8 and 9 year olds. Is it challenging? You bet, but Mayne says she doesn't let that stop her.

"Making sure they understand the basics and then knowing that it's okay to stumble and fall and then just keep stretching."

Though she has 14 years experience, this is Mrs. Mayne's second go around teaching in the classroom.  She spent 18 years teaching her own children as they were growing up.

"I love the relationship with the kids, I love watching them grow, feeling success, knowing that they can do it."

She says being a successful teacher takes dedication and passion for kids.  But if you're willing to put in the time, you'll be rewarded in return.

"I get satisfaction every night when I home knowing that someone's life has been changed that day."

For that life long love of help young minds to grow Kate Mayne is our September Teachers First award winner.

Click here you to nominate a well deserving teacher.

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