April's Teacher of the Month

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) --All this school year we have been recognizing special teachers that you nominated for Teacher of the Month.

April's Teacher of the Month teaches Junior High history in Cardwell, Missouri.

She also coaches the Junior High volleyball team and is the advisor to the student council.

All of this she says, helps her to get to know her students and helps them to become better citizens.

Meet Sophia Holland from the Southland school in Cardwell, MO. April's teacher of the month.

It's my job here at Southland to get the students to understand that Social Studies, History, Citizenship and Patriotism is so very important. >

Not a simple task when you remember being a 7th and 8th grader and how unimportant history seemed to you at that time.

Holland, "They want things that are happening real fast. And they want a good pace. They want to see what's going on in the news. They want to see the latest photographs."

Compared to most of our Teacher of the Months, Holland is still a rookie with only 4 years worth of lesson plans but she views her choice to teach as a "call".

"It's so important that we motivate students to become leaders in their community and so they can excel in the future."

Holland has absorbed her new career to the fullest she coaches Junior High Volleyball and sponsors the student council. Holland says to her, being a teacher doesn't end at the final bell.

"Those phone calls on the weekend and those e-mails wanting advice, encouragement. Wanting to know what to do about situations, that's what keeps me going."

You find yourself as more than just a teacher she says.

"A mentor, a counselor and a motivator and a sponsor of their lives."

Holland says by sharing experiences with her students and encouraging them to step out of the box they move ahead. For instance getting them involved in an essay contest for the VFW.

"A 300 to 400 word essay, and here's the question, does patriotism still matter? "

Her biggest challenge with this is to make her kids understand that winning a savings bond is as good as cash in hand.

If you watch Sophie Holland teach you catch her passion for her subject and for her students. You would never guess that she describes her teaching style as.

"Organized chaos. Because, I'm organized in my planning and what I need to accomplish. But when you have Junior High students that you are trying to motivate and you're trying to get to them on their level then it's got to be a little chaotic because that's what they like. "

And remember, out of Chaos comes order.

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