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Back to School: How teachers prepare for students before they hit the halls

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the start to school approaches for our area, kids often find their emotions range from excitement to anticipation. So, how do teachers feel as they prepare for the big day before students head back to the classroom?

Lincoln Elementary School may be quiet now, but in a few days the halls will be full of curious faces. Third grade teacher Shane Terzaken says though he has a little bit of fear of the unknown, he says he is not alone.

“A lot of kids have this idea of what school is whether it be good or bad,” Mr. Terzaken said. And he hopes he can turn that idea into a positive reality for all of his kids.

“They are still young enough that you can change their perception,” he said, adding that if that perception changes, it could also change the path a student takes in life. Mr. Terzaken said that as students continue their primary education, administrators are inspired by their bright eyes.

“If they enjoy what they are doing now in school, they will continue,” Mr. Terzaken said. “I automatically think of their potential. I think of what they are capable of doing and what they are going to turn into in the future,” he said.

True to form, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. “You can see it on their face,” Mr. Terzaken said. “Their expression changes. That’s the light bulb. You see the light bulb above their head, and you’re like ‘yes, finally they got it,'” he said.

This third grade teacher knows that it is important to not only get in touch with the kids but the families and have a good collaborative. And that collaborative, he says, has the potential to light up a room.

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