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Teacher of the Week: Andrea Cox, Loves Park Elementary

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

An inspirational quote is good for the soul, messages that can boost your entire day. 

If you look at the walls in Andrea Cox class, you will see an uplifting note everywhere you look. 

"I really hope they resonate with some of the kids or they find a way to place them in their life," said Cox. 

She wants her students to understand they are the future. 

The 6th grade teacher pushes her students to be the best versions of themselves in the classroom. 

Cox said, "I try to achieve getting my students to feel brave enough to share, to be deep thinkers, better thinkers, and really just be themselves." 

A scary time for some kids to go to school but she creates an open environment where students feel comfortable to share fears they may have.

"That's why I like having this age group because I can have those serious conversations with them," said Cox. 

Conversations she uses to inspire them telling them to be the change they want to see in the future. 

It's an environment that brings peace of mind to students. 

"It makes us feel really safe and that we can just be comfortable," said 6th grader Makyah Scott. 

Cox encourages them to achieve throughout life. 

"Live a life that makes you happy, that makes you a productive member of society and go after what you want,"  said Cox. "You have the power to do that." 

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