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Springfield teacher to be in national spotlight

By Tricia Taskey

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield teacher is bringing her expertise to the national spotlight. 

Julia St. Martin is one of 100-plus teachers across the country to be part of the “Teacher Town Hall Forum”  – a nationally broadcast education program.

“When we go the call Wednesday saying he needed a fabulous teacher to work with the Secretary and Bill Gates and be on a live television forum, it was uh…Jules St. Martin, the perfect person,” said principal Steve Mahoney.

St. Martin and the other teachers will gather in New York this weekend to discuss the issues facing them in the classroom.  The 10th grade english teacher at Renaissance School is excited to share her idea’s.

“I think whenever we do school, different kids learn and hopefully over the next few days, people can have conversation about balanced curriculum and keeping kids interested and involved in learning,” said St. Martin.
Her students say she’s already mastered that.

“Her character makes classroom a better place to learn.  She tends to interact with students almost like a student herself yet still be very professional” said student Nathanial Gonzalez.
Students say she’s perfect person for the forum.

“She has a lot of idea’s on way we can improve for her to have a place to share that is really  great.,” said student Janelle Clarke.

St. Martin is looking forward to the opportunity.  “I will have the opportunity to work with  over 100 other teachers so hopefully I can learn some new strategies to bring back to the city,” she says.

The forum airs this Sunday at noon on MSNBC.

Her students are planning to tune in.

When she gets back she plans on sharing her experience with her students and school faculty.


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