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Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff are phrases you'll find those in any Harry Potter novel, and they're also the names of groups inside this week's "My Teacher is Tops" classroom.

Julie Ash has been teaching for 10 years. She teaches middle and elementary students.

"I really wanted to try to make a difference and make an impact on the children," she said.

Greer Gardner and her classmates nominated her. "She is kind, caring. She is not hard on us, but she is getting us ready for life ahead of fourth grade," said Gardner.

Some students said Ash teaches valuable life lessons.

"Keeping my responsibility up, just getting me ready for life," said Olivia Yaughn.

"She's helped me quite a bit, first of all, with responsibility," said Alex Turner.

"Teaching them how to keep up with their notebooks, keep up with their notes, learning how to study without depending on a study guide," said

Alex Turner said Ash is almost like a member of the family. "She's sweet and caring,"

"She's not like other teachers. She will stop and help when you need help," said Yaughn.

Yaughn said Ash has helped her with Social Studies.

"She makes it fun to learn about Social Studies. I didn't really like, it was confusing for me," said Yaughn.

Ash decorated her room with a Harry Potter theme because Potter shows kids that they can overcome any obstacle.

"That's why I did that theme, because I want my children to understand how important it is for them to be special in life and everything," she said.

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