Middle school science teacher Jamie Drury works beyond the textbook to educate her students


KEEP YOU POSTED ON ALL THE LATEST CLOSINGS AND HOW YOU CAN BE BETTER PREPARED. JAMIE HAD NO INTENTIONS OF BECOMING A MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER WHEN SHE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE. ONE SUMMER WORKING WITH KIDS CHANGED HER OUT LOOK COMPLETELY. SHE’S NOW IN HER 13TH YEAR WORKING WITH MIDDLE RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SHE IS THIS WEEK’S TEACHERS ARE HEROES AWARD WINNER. CHICKEN WINGS ARE GOOD TO EAT AND THEY’RE ALSO GOOD FOR SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS. THIS IS A MUSCLE. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE MEAT THAT WE EAT. Reporter: THESE ARE STUDENTS IN JAMIE’S SCIENCE CLASS, THEY’RE DISSECTING THE WINGS TO LEARN MORE. THE KIDS LEARN BETTER WHEN IT’S HANDS ON. IT’S IMPORTANT TO DO EXPERIMENTS LIKE THIS TO KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED AND FOR THEM TO SEE HOW SCIENCE WORKS. SCIENCE IS FUN AND IS HANDS ON. I KNOW READING AND MATH ARE IMPORTANT BUT WE’RE TRYING TO GET OUR KIDS IN SCIENCE CAREERS. Reporter: SHE RADIATES ENERGY AS SHE BOUNCES FROM ONE TABLE TO THE NEXT. HER STUDENTS ALL AGREE. WHEN YOU START THIS [INAUDIBLE] SHE’S A HAPPY, FUN TEACHER. SHE’S NOT LIKE A BORING TEACHER WHERE YOU JUST SIT THERE. Reporter: WHEN THE SHE’S NOT TEACHING, SHE’S WORKING TOWARDS MAKING THE MITT L SCHOOL A GREEN SCHOOL. SHE’S A FACILITATOR AND THE STUDENTS ARE THE LEADERS AND THEY MUST COME UP WITH PROJECTS TO GET CERTIFICATION. SHE SAID SHE WANTED TO BECOME A GREEN SCHOOL SO I WANT TO HELP HER OUT. IT FEELS GOOD TO HELP. Reporter: SHE KNOWS SCIENCE IS A TOUGH SUBJECT WHICH IS WHY SHE STRIVES TO MAKE EACH CLASS AS INTERACTIVE AND IS INTERESTING AS POSSIBLE. I THINK THAT’S STABILITY IN THEIR LIVES. IS SHE WON OF YOUR FAVORITES? MY FAVORITE. Reporter: WITH HER HELP, SCIENCE WILL BE ONE OF THEIR FAVORITES TOO. CONGRATULATIONS. YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE’S OTHER TEACHERS OUT THERE JUST LIKE HER EACH WINNER RECEIVES A $250 CHECK TO USE TOWARD

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