Nikki Magnusson Wins The Valley's Top Teacher

Congrats to the third grade teacher at Cedar Hill Elementary!

ARDMORE, Ala. - 2017 marks 13 years Nikki Magnusson has taught school. She says teaching is her life-long calling and her life-long dream.

She discovered she wanted to be a teacher, thanks to her first grade teacher, Pam Christopher.

Magnusson says she loves making a difference.

"I love the fact that there are things I teach these childrens, that they will carry throughout their life," said Magnusson.

Mrs. Magnusson teaches 64 children math a day.

She says math is power, and that it will open many doors for her students.

"A strong math background is very important, but I also teaches behavior and citizenship, is equally, if not more important, so I hope they carry some lesson throughout their lives and maybe credit Mrs. Magnusson with that," said Mrs. Magnusson.

Students say they enjoy her lessons, and adore the Valley's Top Teacher.

"She does fun stuff with us. She shows us math we didn't know," said student, Katie Biggerstaff.
"It's fun math and sometimes it's hard but she makes it easy for us," said student, Paisley Reyer.

"She's really sweet and nice," said student, Payton Pennington.

"She tells us to never give up," said student, Collin Shaw.

Mrs. Magnusson also teaches the importance of being a life-long learner, and tries to make it fun.

"Students learn best when they do things and not necessarily when they see or hear, so it's very important to do that hands-on work," Mrs. Magnusson.

Mrs. Magnusson also strives to treat each student as if they were her own child.

Her classroom shouts, "We love you, Mrs. Magnusson!"

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