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Thanks to Teachers: Julia Hernandez-Young

At Riverbend Elementary School in Clyde, Julia Hernandez-Young is teacher of the year. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

At Riverbend Elementary School in Clyde, Julia Hernandez-Young is teacher of the year.

School administrators say the fifth-grade teacher does not like being in the spotlight. But, at least two of her students feel that's exactly where she belongs.

Ashley Rathbone wrote a multi-page letter, listing numerous reasons Hernandez-Young should be featured in 'Thanks to Teachers.' One reason was helping her friend, Katie Miller, overcome dyslexia.

"I feel really confident. I'm one of the high levels in school, and I really think I'm better now than before," says Katie.

Hernandez-Young, originally from New York, did not start out as a teacher.

"I majored in environmental science, and I worked in a medical laboratory for six years," she says. But she knew when it was time for a career change.

"I just got the itch to go back to school, and I always loved children and I'm very creative, so I thought teaching would be a great profession for me to get into."

Hernandez-Young says, it's the heart that helps her teach like she does. "Really loving the content. Like, I love science and I love teaching math. So, I think when the teacher loves what she's teaching or what he's teaching, the students are going to love it as well."

From the open discussions Hernandez-Young encourages among her students, to the graffiti board where kids can write favorite quotes from books they read, Ashley and Katie both say fifty grade has been great, and they are ready for middle school next year--thanks to Mrs. Hernandez-Young.

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