Aimee Ayers is a sixth grade science teacher at O.L. Slaton Middle School. She is in her second year, and very happy to get the new school year started.
"It's very exciting. There's obviously some anxiousness just in, you know, how it's going to go, what are they going to think and the first day being so impressionable."
Last year was very hectic for Ayers, and at times she felt overwhelmed by her situation, but the year ended on an extremely happy note when she won the Middle School Science Teacher of the Year Award.
"I kind of got nominated by okay, fine, I guess I'll fill out this paperwork ... so when I found out that I had won, I was thrilled. Shocked but thrilled," Ayers said.
Ayers comes from a family of educators and looked up to her father from a very young age. It seems she inherited his teaching gene.
"I grew up staying late after school, getting out early, working in teacher's classrooms," Ayers said. "I used to have pretend students at home that I could teach after school."
Glen Teal is the principal at O.L. Slaton Middle School, and he says Aimee is an extraordinary teacher.
"Ms. Ayers just goes above and beyond in all areas.She makes sure that she has a well planned lesson. She's very detail oriented. She makes sure that she knows where every student is going to be at any particular time in her class."
Aimee's future seems to hold endless possibilities, but she already has it mapped out in her mind.
"I plan to get a master's in Curriculum Instruction and - I don't know - some days I want to be a principal and some days I just want to write curriculum and work in science education and teaching teachers how to teach science. So we'll see. I could go anywhere."
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