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Teacher of the Week: Amy Schmidt - Rockford Christian Elementary

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Every WREX takes the time to thank local teachers with our Teacher of the Week award.

This week's winner is Amy Schmidt, second grade teacher at Rockford Christian Elementary School.

In her 13th year at the school, Schmidt says she works to capture her students' imaginations with laughter.

Wednesday marked the 145th day of school at Rockford Christian, meaning there have been 145 days of laughter in Schmidt's class.

"She's so funny! She always makes us laugh," says Rockford Christian second grader Kali Stern. 

"I love to be able to come in here and be able to laugh," Schmidt says. "I know the minute they come in the classroom that something's going to happen and we are going to have that belly laugh and think 'that's great.'" 

She uses humor in the classroom to connect with her students. 

"The rapport she builds is really important," says Rockford Christian Principal Amy Hultman. "It's definitely the first step in creating that learning environment."

That environment is what makes her classroom more like a family.  

"My hope is that they just feel like they're my family," says Schmidt. "They are my kids and they know I'll look out for them and do whatever I can to help them learn and be the best little person they can be." 

Even though this is her 13th year a Rockford Christian, it is a job she has dreamed about since she was a kid. 

"Most little girls play house and I didn't. I set up my playroom as a school room and my younger sister would be my student. That was my dream since I was little." 

For Schmidt, her childhood dream of teaching a classroom full of love and laughter is now a reality. 

"This is a happy place and I want them to be at a happy place too," she says. "We always laugh. Always." 

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