SACRAMENTO, CA -- McClatchy High School Biology teacher Libbie Coleman is one of a kind, according to her students.
"She teaches hands on," said student Bailey Morrow
Coleman has been teaching in Sacramento for 23 years, 13 at the home of the Lions.
"Obviously, I love what I do, and feel very lucky to do it," Coleman said. "Most people my age have long since retired, but I just love the kids. I look forward to every day."
Her students say they look forward to coming to her class.
"She teaches us like we are actually people and she's not greater than us - we are equal," Morrow said.
"She's able to keep the lectures interesting as well as informative," said Zaven Berejikian. "She grades on a curve which is a very fair system of grading. Not only is it fair but it allows her to keep the class challenging."
Her students say their favorite part about Coleman's biology class is the lab work where they get to be hands-on, making for a fun and productive learning environment.
"She explains things well," student Christian Archbold said. "I can actually do what she's explaining and see what happens what she explains. It's easier to understand what's going on."
Ms. Coleman's style of teaching, she says, was inspired by her own teachers growing up.
"You know, I'm just kind of structuring the environment for them to explore and learn more about it," Coleman said. "It's just tapping into that incredible energy that the kids already have."
From the books to the microscope, it's Ms. Coleman's passion for teaching that makes her News 10 October 2013 Teacher of the Month.
"It's just joyful!" Coleman exclaimed.
Dina Kupfer, DKupfer@news10.net