Teacher of the Month: Mrs. Renae London

May's Teacher of the Month

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) - Mrs. Renae London, a literacy teacher at East Poinsett County Elementary School, was selected as our final Teacher of the Month for the 2015-2016 school year.

London, an Arkansas State University graduate, said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Something she believes educators are born to do.

"It's inside of them," London said. "It's a calling, and you just know in your heart, that's what you want to be."

London said she teaches her classes using the Orton-Gillingham method, an approach geared towards students with dyslexia.

"I'm really passionate about it," London said. "I taught kindergarten the past two years, and it's amazing what that does for those kids and how quickly they learn to read, and they're confident."

London said she was inspired to teach literacy after meeting a man who was dyslexic but was never identified as such, therefore not receiving any special attention to help him work through his difficulty reading.

"I just see it as a handicap if you're not able to read," London said. "It's really important to me that these kids have a strong foundation in reading. You can't even do math anymore if you can't read. Also, it causes behavioral problems. They're angry. 'I can't read; I'm going to be embarrassed' that's why it's so important to me."

London hopes her students know they are loved when they come to school and when they leave.

"I focus a lot on having love in your heart for each other because I don't think that's something that's a skill that's taught at home," London said. "I tell them what if someone is having a bad life at home and you're the cause of them having a bad life at school? You've got to love each other."

One of the most rewarding things about teaching is seeing her students progress.

London said she loves seeing her students overcome their struggles.

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