Teacher of the Year: Medlock helps Walker students along

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 05:12 PM.

The hardest part of teaching — meeting each child's individual academic and social needs — is also the most rewarding, Medlock said.

"They come in on different academic levels," she said. "There's no teaching the same way to all of them. Each child has different needs: some social, some academic."

The reward comes "when the child has that light bulb moment; when a child has transferred that information they've learned to something new. That's the moment."

Medlock has taught for nine years, including a two-year stint as a substitute covering a variety of grade levels and subjects. The Cincinnati native had learned about teaching opportunities here while visiting a friend one summer. She subsequently met former Walker principal Jeanine Williams.

"She asked me to interview and I ended up moving my whole family down here," Medlock said. "She did a pretty persuasive job."

Fourth grade has been "a good match" for her, she said.

"I love everything about my job," Medlock said.

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