ELK GROVE, CA - Her colleagues describe her as dedicated and innovative in her teaching approach. They said she always knows every little detail about each individual student
Teacher Jenny McDonald is shaping young minds in her first grade class at Elliott Ranch Elementary.
For someone who has taught nearly every grade level during her 13-year career, she said there is something special about teaching first graders.
"I think that it is never boring," McDonald said. "It's always dynamic and different every day you come to work and you have your agenda about what you will teach but the children add that element of surprise."
Born with one hand, McDonald teaches her students to appreciate the differences in people.
"I just constantly think about that when I am teaching how I get to help students celebrate differences," McDonald said.
McDonald said she always tries to challenge her students so they can reach their potential, and her students love the way she does her job.
"It's like a turbine going through my mind. She just explodes my mind every time I see her," student John Siddens said.
McDonald spends countless hours in the classroom even when students aren't there. She schedules math night to familiarize first grade families with new math curriculum.
She even developed a supplemental math program called Everyday Counts that helps children develop solid number sense. Her co-workers said she truly goes above and beyond.