Teacher of the Year: Medlock helps Walker students along

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Fourth-grader Alyssa Wilson receives assistance from her teacher, Kim Medlock.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 05:12 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series on North Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — Jackson Harrison, 10, has been mapping his future beyond fourth grade. Thanks to his Walker Elementary School teacher, Kim Medlock, he's pretty sure he's got a plan.

"I want to get a college scholarship to (University of) Tennessee and then go to the NFL," Jackson said. "Sports just runs in our family's blood."

Jacksonknows he'll need good grades to complement his sports prowess, and said Medlock's creative teaching methods excite him about learning.

Under her guidance, for example, he created the Fruit Ninja for science class. It's his favorite class. Classmates had to detect whether an organic material was a fruit using just smell. Vinegar, soil and dryer sheets were among the non-fruit elements.

"It's fun doing the experiments," Jackson said. "We had leftover fruit and Mrs. Medlock let us eat it."

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