Teacher's kindergarten lessons last a lifetime

DULUTH, Ga -- We all know Dr. Seuss books are full of silly rhyming words, but they also include lessons. And, no one know that more than Paula Smith, a kindergarten teacher at Berkeley Elementary School in Duluth.

Smith illustrated her knowledge recently while having her students read Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs and Ham".

"Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like green eggs and ham," recited her young students.

They giggled a lot at the words, but Smith talked with them about the message.

"Keep trying," Smith said. "Don't give up and that's what Dr. Seuss was telling the character. So we're going to try green eggs and ham."

As they ate deviled eggs with green coloring in the stuffing, a few of the students made faces, but other ate happily.

Getting kindergartners to try new things, learn new things-- even when it's difficult -- is Pam Smith's gift to her students.

"She also gives them a lot of independence," said Valerie Bussey.

Because Smith believes in her students' abilities.

"It always amazes me every day to see what 5 and 6 year olds can do," said Smith.

Valerie and Gordon Bussey have noticed.

Smith is currently teaching their third son. All of their boys love school and learning because of what they learned in Smith's class.

"We just always thought she put the children first," said Valerie. "Going from here from first grade and on, it's sort of an easy step once you're in this classroom."


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