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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Crystal Rowe teaches fourth grade at Timberlin Creek Elementary. She said though she loves teaching, she didn't choose it; it chose her!

Rowe said she always wanted to be in a profession that helped others, but thought she'd end up in the medical field. It wasn't until she did a teaching internship that she realized how well she connected with kids.

Rowe said because each class has various types of learners, she tries to incorporate different kinds of sensory activities to keep them engaged, which is something her students say they really appreciate.

"She's always fun and she lets us dance and stuff around the classroom," said student Josh Epi.

"She's always nice and smiley," adds Ashlyn Williams.

Rowe said she knows how important her role is in the classroom. "They come to see me every day for their entire fourth grade career, and if it's not motivating and if it's not fun and upbeat, why would they want to come to school?" She explains. "It's kind of like a business; you've got to figure out how to get them to want it and love it and come back for more."

Rowe has only been at the Timberlin Creek for two years, but she's been teaching for eight.