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Pecatonica Elementary teacher uses books and rhyming to teach students


"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go."- Dr. Seuss

If you aren't familiar with Dr. Seuss, our Teacher of the Week would like to introduce. With her kindergarten students at Pecatonica School, she's earned teacher of the week. That's totally cool!

I walked through the door, thrilled to see.

Such a lovely class and Teacher of the Week to be.

Mrs. Randi Carlson read Dr. Seuss.

As her students sat eagerly, listening and amused.

"They love to listen to books, and that's one of those things we always try to incorporate books in what we're doing, in reading or math and things like that," says Randi Carlson, our teacher of the week and a kindergarten teacher at Pecatonica Elementary.

If you're wondering why I'm speaking in rhyme.

It's because Carlson's students do it all the time.

Pecatonica honors an author every month.

So I figured, why not, I'll join in the fun.

But apart from the reading, and apart from the math, Mrs. Carlton starts her students' educational path.

"The light in their eyes and the excitement they get when they finally grasp something that maybe is a little bit tricky for them," Carlson says. "Just to see them getting excited about learning, to see that is just means the world to me."

Through writing and singing and smart boards too.

Mrs. Carlson wants to say thank you!

"I have a wonderful group of kids," she says. "I do every year and such wonderful supportive families. We're so blessed to be living in such a great community like this that I'm just truly honored to be their teacher."

Hip hip hooray a teacher has won!

And for now, my work is done.

If you'd like to nominate a teacher like Mrs. Carlson. Let us know. WREX Teacher of the Week nominations can be filled out at on our Teacher of the Week page.

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