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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is Wednesday, so that means it is time for our Teacher of the Week!

First Coast News is kicking off the school year in Camden County at Mary Lee Clark Elementary School.

Kelly Blount teaches second grade and the parent that nominated her said Mrs. Blount took her son who was struggling with math and over the course of the year, turned him into a boy that loves math and reading.

This is her 22nd year of teaching and she says she has loved every second of it!

"You have to be willing to change to adapt to them and when you get kids you have to know where they are coming from and where you are going to take them," says Mrs. Blount.

She says being a teacher is more difficult that people often realize, but incredibly rewarding.

Mrs. Blount's nomination is below:

"I would like to nominate Kelly Blount for teacher of the week because she is an amazing, kind hearted and enthusiastic second grade teacher. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when my son entered first grade. I was able to witness her take a boy that was struggling with learning his numbers and letters to a student who enjoys reading and loves math. Her love for the children and her job is obvious as soon as you walk into the classroom. Mrs. Blount always has a smile on her face, is ready to give hugs and always has positive words of encouragement. My favourite line she says to the kids is, "kiss your brain" when they have answered a question correctly. Mrs. Blount makes learning fun by coming with creative ways to incorporate learning. As a parent, Mrs. Blount has always responded quickly to any concerns and really listens to what I have to say as a parent. I have always felt welcome in her classroom and you can feel the love the kids have for her as well. Mrs. Blount has impacted my sons life for better. He has a wonderful foundation for loving school and what it can offer. I only hope that he can keep this enthusiasm as he moves forward. I would really like Mrs. Blount to be recognized as teacher of the week because she deserves to feel like the super teacher and hero that she truly is. "

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