QUINCY, Ill. (KHQA) — The school year may be halfway over, but teachers are still finding great ways to make learning fun for their students.
Mrs. Alice Arnold is a special education teacher at Chaddock in Quincy, IL.
She’s also now a KHQA One Class at a Time grant recipient – a surprise, she says, left her shocked and humbled.
“I love providing for my student and finding new ways to be able to support them, make things individualized and make things creative.”
Arnold says she always puts her students first, understanding that each student has their own individualized needs.
“When you have students that have gone through so much in their lives,” Arnold said. “And sometimes they come from homes that can’t provide as much as they need, They don’t expect to have that.”
Arnold considers special seating or sensory items blessings to her classroom. She says they can make learning easier for students and help get them excited about learning. She says she has lots of ideas on how to spend the grant money, but she also plans to get input from her students.
I want to get more hands-on projects for them. Instead of learning science, they can experience it. In reading, I want them to have more ways they can learn how to read and make it fun, “ she said. “Make education really fun and not make it something they are forced to do.
And it’s that passion and creativity that make educators such as Mrs. Arnold exceptionally special in more ways than one.
KHQA and our sponsors, Continental Cement, Green America Recycling, and Doors 'N More are proud to once again award an excellent educator through our One Class at a Time initiative.