Sumter, SC (WLTX)-- Sonja Raines is an English language arts teacher at Alice Drive Middle School in Sumter.
For more than four years she's been working with students in the classroom.
Tamerah Brown says, "I think Mrs. Raines is the best teacher in this whole school because she always looks out for us and I can tell she wants us to succeed. "
Mrs. Raines students know that no matter how tough things get in the classroom she's one person they can always count on.
She's fulfilling a life long desire to make a living by making a difference.
"I've always taught middle school. I wanted to start out in elementary but fate always put me in middle school. And, I ended up loving middle schoolers because the are so funny to me.
For Mrs. Raines this isn't just a job, it's a calling.
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