Teacher awarded for lessons not just in the classroom

CHESTER, VA (WWBT) - When it comes to teaching students, this month's Excellence in Education Award winner doesn't just focus on what's happening in the classroom.

Judy Leshen, a first-grade teacher at Elizabeth Scott Elementary School, uses "every opportunity as a teaching moment," the nominee said. "The class was at recess one day and a student noticed something that appeared to be a feather on the ground near the bus loop. Mrs. Leshen walked the entire class over to inspect the feather and talk about the environment and birds."

Leshen uses difficult situations in classes and "deals with these obstacles by showing caring, compassionate, and loving care."

"I'm just flabbergasted," Leshen said about the award, which she received while teaching students outside at a community garden at Elizabeth Scott.

"It's fun," Leshen said about teaching, saying that some students start the school year not knowing how to read or write. "It's amazing to see the growth of children."

The nominee said her daughter even tried a radish because of Leshen's work on the garden.

Excellence in Education is sponsored by Henrico Federal Credit Union. Recipients also receive a $100 gift card. Click here to nominate a teach for the award.

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