Teacher You Can Count On - Starla Seal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/17/04

Teacher You Can Count On - Starla Seal

"We do adverbs and verbs," says Matthew Hernandez, a seventh grader at Cavazos Junior High.

"We learn prepositions, action verbs, and linking verbs," says Erica Macias, a seventh grader at Cavazos Junior High.

These are the most basic fundamentals of English, but in Starla Seal's seventh grade class they are the first step in sharing her passion.

"I'm very passionate about writing it is very important to me that they gain an appreciation for writing because I think it provides them a great creative outlet," says Seal.

Once Seal's students comprehend the rules of grammar, it's time to share a story that only they have lived.

Their mostly writing about their lives, which I find when a student can have some ownership over what their writing, their writing is 10 times better, 100 times better when they have some ownership over it," says Seal.

Seal's unique take on writing assignments is what sets her class apart.

"I always tell them about writing that every person has a story to tell so I just try to find their stories," says Seal.

When the stories are complete Seal feels a satisfaction that only another teacher could understand.

"I know you hear teachers say this all the time but when a student really gets it and you see that - that is the best feeling," says Seal.

It is the belief in her students writing abilities and her creative approach to teaching that makes Starla Seal's own story one worth telling.

Outside of the classroom Seal is currently working on her master's degree in English at Texas Tech. If you would like to recognize an outstanding teacher, send an e-mail to teacher@kcbd.com. Be sure to include the reasons why that individual is a teacher you can count on.

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