Davidson E.S.E. teacher says 'relax and enjoy the kids'

Frances Holland

Davidson Middle School E.S.E. teacher Frances Holland rewards Harrison Mauldin with an erasable pen for answering a problem correctly.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 03:15 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the 11th article in a series on north Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — Oscar Rojas’ teacher lobbed a Tootsie Pop toward him for being the first to answer a reading question.

Frances Holland, a 22-year exceptional student education veteran, believes in rewarding students who achieve their literacy goals.

Improvement for students like Oscar is measured in leaps and bounds, she said. However, other sixth- through eighth-graders’ improvements are more subtle, requiring instruction that is more personal.

Holland has taught E.S.E. throughout her career, which began at the former Richbourg Middle School before she moved to Davidson Middle School when it opened.

"It's all I ever wanted to do," Holland said. "The neatest thing is that I get to keep the students for three years. In that length of time you really get to know the students and their families."

Harry says 'Read!'

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