Singing, instruments and learning to read music are just a few of the things one Twiggs County Middle and High School teacher brings to his class every day.
Our Junior Journalist Briley Grady takes you to one chorus teacher's class for this week's My Teacher is Tops.
It's not every day you feel like breaking out in melody when you walk into a classroom, but in Matthew Dunlap's chorus class at Twiggs County Middle and High School, that's what they do every day.
Ninth-grader Aaliyah Rouse wrote a letter nominating the brand new teacher.
“When I say Mr. Dunlap is inspirational, I mean it. I thought music was just what I listened to on my phone. He opened my eyes to see it's so much more than that,” said Rouse.
Chasity Sauls is in the 11th grade and she agrees.
“It's not like regular school work, it's actually like a class. You come in and enjoy every minute of it, whereas being in another class you're just like when is it over? This is class you don't ever want it to be over,” said Sauls.
Shane Hasty says he never thought he’d join a choir until he met Mr. Dunlap.
“How much energy he brings, like if you come in here in a bad mood, you will not be in a bad mood two seconds after you come in the door. He just changes the whole day. He's the reason I get up and want to come to school,” said Hasty.
Alandria Brown says he's not like other teachers.
“We're not supposed to be teachers friends, but he's like a friend to me. He's really nice and he brings the energy every day,” said Brown.
Dunlap says the award means the world to him.
“What does it mean to win the award? It means a lot. Number one, I wasn't expecting it. Even though it's my first year, it doesn't feel like my first year,” said Dunlap.
Tell us about your top teacher. Send a one page, handwritten letter to:
My Teacher is Tops
1314 Gray Highway
Macon, Georgia, 31211
Don't forget to include your name, your teacher's name, and the name of the school. Remember to use your best handwriting in the letter. If we can't read it, your teacher could miss out on the award.