A Bibb County first-grade teacher uses art to help her students read.
Junior Journalist Reese Waters went to Sonny Carter Elementary School to find this week's My Teacher's Tops winner.
First-grader Sydney Burroughs wrote us a letter nominating her favorite teacher, Mrs. Susan Carver.
"Mrs. Carver is a great teacher," Sydney wrote.
A graduate of East Tennessee State, Carver has been teaching for 27 years, and says she loves her students. "When they first come to me, I want them to feel safe and happy, and then I feel like they will learn from me."
She says she treats them the way she wants her own children treated. "First grade is a very important grade when they learn to read, and it just sets the foundation for them to become great students later."
She says she tries to go beyond the statewide standards.
First-grader Nicholas Mundey says he learns a different group of sight words each week. "She writes them on the board," he says, "then we copy them at our seats."
Jacob Bashir says he learns what his sight words mean when his teacher helps him draw pictures. "She helps people every day."
Carver's students all agree that their teacher deserves the award.
Carver says she plans to teach her students everything they need to know to advance. "I want them to become successful second-graders."
To nominate a top teacher, just send a one-page, handwritten letter to:
My Teacher is Tops
1314 Gray Highway
Macon, GA 31211
Be sure to include your name, your teacher's name and your school. And remember, neatness counts.