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Mrs. Letha Lewis is the Valley's Top Teacher

Letha Lewis has been teaching for 18 years.

FALKVILLE, Ala. — When the sun comes up, so does one second-grade teacher from Falkville Elementary School.

In fact, she’s considered a ray of sunshine. Meet this week’s Valley’s Top Teacher Letha Lewis!

When you walk into Letha Lewis’s classroom, not only is it filled with sunshine, some say she is the sunshine.

“Ms. Lewis is a ray of sunshine; she's always willing to do whatever,” said Falkville Elementary School Principal, Chad Summerford.

Her love for teaching started when she was once a student.

“I had the most fantastic third-grade teacher. Her name was Angela Wynn,” said Lewis. “She made learning fun, she loved every student equally, and just made learning come to life.”

Lewis’s inspiration compelled her to do what she loves year after year. “This is year 18. Yes, so I think about it. Sometimes I forget,” she said.

She believes she’s more than a teacher to her students. “I tell them that I'm their school mom.”

However, Lewis said COVID has been a challenge during the past few years. “I think that we’re still trying to gain that ground that was lost from that time so it made us appreciate being able to sit near each other again and be able to see faces.”

Now that she and the kids are back:

“I want the kids to enjoy learning. That's number one. So I try to do fun lessons to get them to just want to be here,” said Lewis. 

“I also, of course, want them to learn life lessons too, you know, not just for the classroom but you know, things that will help them in the future; manners and respect and treating people kindly. So, that kind of makes me want to get up every day and come do my job,” she added. 

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