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Thanks to Teachers: Nadine Head

Nadine Head at Rugby Middle School is a Thanks to Teachers standout. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Eighth-grader Emma Heagney knows her days of walking the halls of Rugby Middle School are coming to an end.

But Heagney says she is ready for high school, thanks, in a big way, to her science teacher, Nadine Head. "I just really enjoy talking to her. She's an amazing teacher and one of my all time favorites," Heagney said.

The second-year science teacher makes "states of matter," real, with an ice pack to represent a solid, bottled water as liquid, and saltwater as a mixture.

It's all to prepare these eighth-graders to excel on the upcoming End of Grade test.

"I haven't always liked science, but she has made it easier and more fun," said student Harley Watkins.

"I think those examples help them remember it, and really help them enjoy it, as well, and not just, 'Oh, I have to take more notes,' but, 'Oh, yeah, there's something I can really do about this.'" Head explained.

Even though she majored in science, Head said she didn't expect to teach it.

She got her masters degree in library science, and was working at an elementary school's media center.

When that full time job ended, the chance to make a change came.

"I never thought about middle school, and that came up as an opportunity to do middle school, and it's just fit perfectly. I've really enjoyed it. It's a privilege for me to be able to work here as a science teacher," Head said.

Heagney, who nominated Ms. Head for Thanks to Teachers, said she will miss her after school talks with her teacher and friend.

And the feeling is mutual.

"I've really enjoyed her. She does a great job, not only as a student, but also being supportive of other students," Head said.

While many middle school students go on to high school without looking back, Heagney said she will keep in touch.

"I just plan to drop in one day and kinda surprise all my teachers and say, 'Hi,'" she said.

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