(WLTX) - Magic happens every day in Mrs. Diane Smith's kindergarten class at R E Davis Elementary school in Sumter. The tricks of the education trade come simple after more than three decades in the classroom.
"Right now I have students of students that I taught their parents where my students," Smith says.
Ms. Smith's students learn early age is just a number. She's teaching students as young as five years old how to make sentences.
"The best part of teaching this age group is that they are so curious," Smith says. "They soak up everything you tell them just like sponges. They're enthusiastic, they're energetic, they keep me on my toes. I could go on and on, it's great."
The parents who nominated her say Smith has a heart for her kids. She's one of those teachers that students never forget and she uses research based methods to give every child a chance at learning.
"I feel like a grandparent," she explains. "It makes you closer to the families."
In her time as an educator she's managed to teach reading, colors, shapes and math to nearly 700 kids. She says the reward is getting to see the fruit of her labor every day.
"When you're feeling bad they just come in and brighten your day"
If you know a teacher who shows exceptional work while in the classroom, News 19 is encouraging you to nominate them for our Golden Apple award. All you have to do is go to your local Bi-Lo to fill out a form.