Robious middle school teacher awarded for going 'above and beyond every day'

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Robious Middle School teacher with "super-engaging lessons" is this month's Excellence in Education award winner.

Caroline Kirsh, who has been a teacher for 20 years said "I always wanted to be a teacher. I've always loved kids."

The Life Science teacher "goes above and beyond every day to instill a love of science in her students," the nominee for Kirsh said.

Here's the full nomination:

Ms. Kirsh goes above and beyond every day to instill a love of science in her students. She plans super-engaging lessons that require students to actually become scientists in her classroom. Her students don't "study" science, they "do" science. For example, when her classes studied genetics, she had her students interview community members who have genetic disorders and then create PSAs to bring awareness to those disorders. Another example is how she creates learning experiences outside of the classroom. She takes them kayaking on the James to teach them about watersheds and ecosystems and she takes them to Presquile Island, where students are scientists who test water quality, seine for organisms, and study sturgeons (they have adopted one as a school and track it to see where travels the river) to learn about physical/behavior adaptations and impacts to its habitat. Students who have never liked science before find themselves loving their time in Ms. Kirsh's class. She is one of the best teachers I have had the pleasure of knowing and I hope my children get to be in her class when they are in middle school.

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