Teacher of the Year: Riverside teacher touts hands-on learning

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Betsy Cunningham reads to her Riverside Elementary School second-graders.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in our north Okaloosa County Teacher of the Year series.

CRESTVIEW — Betsy Cunningham, a second-grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School, aims to make learning memorable.

"I get the students to participate with me rather than just teaching to the class,” said the Milton resident, who teaches science and math.

That means hands-on activities from measuring items to planting vegetation.

Coordinating with third-grade teachers and learning about their lesson plans helps Cunningham target second-graders’ early learning.  

Riverside teachers named her the school’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Students praised their teacher’s efforts.

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