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Reported by Chip Washington

Teacher honored for unique teaching style

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - She threw out her students textbooks, now a Mississippi science teacher is honored for her unique teaching style.

Kerry Matthews loves teaching. Her 'unique' style and proof of performance earned her a major State Board of Education honor. 

In Matthews' 5th grade science class, learning is done with a twist. Her students love it and Matthews is being honored for it.

"Well, it's a little overwhelming, but exciting. It's kind of nice to know that what were doing in the classroom is working," Matthews said.

What's working is a unique concept called 'SMART' board technology.

Instead of using textbooks, SMART board provides interaction and more hands-on learning for students at Center Hill Elementary School in Olive Branch.

"I don't use a textbook at all. Well, for most of the kids reading can be a stumbling block to them. They have reading class that they go to and are learning how to read, but in science class, I want to make sure they are learning science," Matthews said.

Matthews is being recognized by the Mississippi State Board of Education with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Teaching.  For the past two years, fifth grade students at the school have posted the highest science scores in the state.

Center Hill principal Becky Dearden said the facts speak for themselves.

 "Well, we've got the proof. We've got the proof with the test scores, that's the validation that what she does works," Dearden said.

Now in addition to having the highest science scores in the state last year, Center Hill Elementary ranked number two in the state for math and number three in language arts.

Kerry Matthews will receive her award Friday in Jackson, Mississippi.

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