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Teacher of the Week: Suzanne Sexton

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Suzanne Sexton happily works late into the evening and through the summer to make sure chemistry students get the most out of each class.

The Ashley High School teacher said there’s something simple behind her motivation, “Just having to come in the next day and be ready for these kids and be able to give them something,” she smiled.

That attitude earned her the title of Teacher of the Week along with a $400 gift card to Teacher’s Aid in Wilmington.

Though there’s no specific formula and many elements go into making a great teacher, Suzanne Sexton says she knew she wanted to teach high school.

“I felt like I was probably more the personality type for the older students,” she said, ” treat them a little bit more like adults so that seemed the best fit for me.”

Her secret to helping students find success is to keep them moving, “so they don’t come in and go ‘Ohhh what are we doing?’ We’re always doing something and they know that if its not a lab, it’s a review, if its working in groups or if its learning something new…we’re always moving.”

And the most rewarding part of teaching is seeing her students do well…especially after a frusterating experience. She pointed to one example.

“You know, they took a test last Friday and one of the students who’d come in probably four different times, she did a perfect test and when I graded that I was so ecstatic is was so great!”

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As health costs soar, medical tourism offering options abroad

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly one million Americans are now traveling abroad for medical procedures. Some insurance companies are now giving patients the option to go out of the country to get more affordable health care.

The new phenomenon of medical tourism is something already happening all around you, proving that American healthcare cost are some of the highest in the world.

“We have costs here that are rising rapidly and causing employers to revisit how to control some of the cost and offer choices that keep care affordable to their employees,” said Rajesh Rao, CEO of Indus Healthcare.

ABC News recently chronicled two North Carolinians who traveled abroad to have life saving procedures. One of them, Joy Guion, lives in Hickory and works for HSM Solutions. Earlier this year she had a gastric procedure that costs $30,000 here in the US, but in Costa Rica it cost less than $18,000.

Rao, whose company provides insurance service for HSM and other companies, says medical tourism is safe and affordable.

“We have taken the flagship hospitals in these cities and country’s that we work with, and they tend to be ones that have gone through the process of getting accredited by the US Joint Base Commission International,” Rao said.

If Guion would have had her surgery in the US she would have paid nearly $3,000 out of pocket. But because she had her surgery overseas the insurance company picked up the full and much cheaper amount.

“People who look at it for the first time question it, but as they look into it and understand some of the reasons why, they find out that in these country’s that we work with you can indeed get better care at a lower cost,” Rao said.

Believe it or not, you can make money off of traveling for surgery. Rao says Indus Healthcare not only pays for the overseas procedures; it also covers airfare, lodging and gives patients a small percentage of the savings from having their procedures abroad.

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Early voting turnout low across region

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Voter turnout is in the low single digits across southeastern North Carolina, according to area elections officials.

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UNCW swimming continues to earn CAA honors

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

UNCW juniors Hannah Stephenson and Valtteri were honored yet again by the Colonial Athletic Association for the performances last weekend against ACC member Duke.

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Flood insurance rate hikes shock the real estate market

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Most people are subject to higher bills from the flood insurance act, also known as the Biggert Waters Act. But it turns out the hikes are much worse for some people.

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