Journalist Chanelle Washington walked into a Shirley Hills Elementary classroom holding an award for one teacher who holds a special place in her student's heart.
"Good morning, Ms. Ingram. You're this week's 'My Teacher is Tops,'"
Are you serious? Yes, Oh, my God. Aww. Oh, my God I was not expecting this," said Washington.
Shelonda Ingram, a Valdosta State University alumna, taught third-grade for three years at Shirley Hills Elementary.
Taliyah Burnett wrote a full-page letter explaining all the reasons why Mrs. Ingram is her favorite.
"She's pretty, smart, funny, and she doesn't expect less than our best in class and in the community," said Burnett.
Many of her classmates agree. Tegan McGuffin says subjects like math, reading, social studies, writing, and science keep him interested in learning.
"My favorite subject is science because we get to learn new things that we didn't know about," said McGuffin.
Ingram says it's her students that keep her energized.
"They make me laugh every day," said Ingram. "We really just have a good time and have fun, and we know when it's time to get down to business," she continued.
Ingram grew up playing school with her older sister, but she never thought she would receive an award for her teaching.
"It's a big privilege. I've never gotten anything like this, so it's awesome. It makes me feel like I'm doing my job as a teacher and I'm really reaching out to my kids, not just on a school level, but a personal level as well. So, I mean, it's amazing. I'm over here shaking," said Ingram.
She's definitely made an impact on the hearts of these students.
"She's always loving and caring about all of us," said McGuffin.
Send your letters to 1314 Gray Highway, Macon, Ga. 31211.