Dana Yawn has spent the last 8 years teaching kids in the same county where she grew up. Yawn says the best thing about teaching 1st graders at South Dodge Elementary in Eastman is seeing kids learn to read.
"It's exciting to see them come in and not be able to read, but by the end of the year, they leave my room being able to read well above a 1st grade level," Yawn says.
In fact, Yawn wasn't in her classroom when Junior Journalist Kinley Pridgen surprised her. She was with her students in the media center checking out books.
Her boss, principal Elvis Davis says she's been a great teacher since day one, and also serve as an instructional leader for 1st grade.