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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

Thomasville- There's a big show of support for a teacher from Thomasville. Fourth graders at Cross Creek Elementary School just voted Kathy Thompson the "Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year." Wal-Mart sponsors the honor, but the students are the only ones who weigh-in on the decision.

     The eager looks from Kathy Thompson's fourth graders reflect the eager minds she loves to teach. It's no wonder Thompson's students voted her Wal-Mart's Thomas County teacher of the year when you experience her caring personality, and patient demeanor. "I just keep telling them stay with me, don't worry, if you don't get it today, I'm not going to give up," says Thompson.

     That's a dedication to these students that shines through with her commitment to each and every one of them. "Sometimes I feel overwhelmed that I can't meet the needs of all the students," says Thompson. "So do you consider yourself a surrogate mother, so to speak," I asked. "I tell them I'm their daytime Mom," Thompson responded.

     One of the main reasons Thompson is so effective in the classroom is because of her teaching style. Instead of just talking to the students, she incorporates hands-on learning. "It keeps them involved and makes it fun. They forget they're learning because they're having fun," says Thompson.

     Case in point when you talk to the students she shepherds towards middle school. "I'm going to learn something different everyday and it's going to be good," says student David Tinsley. "If you can't understand it, she'll give you help," adds classmate Quinesha Tineal. "She's a good reader and she picks out a lot of good books," says fellow student Hannah Harrell.

     Despite all of the top-notch praise, the award isn't the reward for this top teacher. "It makes me feel good that they know I care more than if they just learn their math or their social studies," says Thompson. She adds that seeing her students succeed is all she needs.

     Thompson doesn't want to take all of the credit for what her students learn. She says it's a collaborative effort between her and her coworkers.

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