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Mid-South teacher wins national education award

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Josalyn Tresvant-McGee is packing up for the summer after a fantastic year that included her winning the prestigious Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Josalyn Tresvant-McGee is packing up for the summer after a fantastic year that included her winning the prestigious Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.
Her unconventional ways of teaching helped her students succeed. Her unconventional ways of teaching helped her students succeed.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Knight Road Elementary teacher is one out of four teachers in the country to win a national education reward.

Josalyn Tresvant-McGee's unconventional ways of teaching helped her students succeed.

She is packing up for the summer after a fantastic year that included her winning the prestigious Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.

"I am still very shocked and humbled by it," said Tresvant-McGee.

She teaches special education. Many of her students require focus and special attention.

"Because, my students traditionally are at least two to four years behind grade level ... So, I may have a student in fifth grade, but his reading level may be that of a first grader," said Tresvant-Mcgee.

A Fishman Award spokesman described Tresvant-Mcgee as ahead of her time when it comes to her use of technology for classroom purposes.

They credit her with encouraging her students to have a positive attitude about learning and about themselves.

"My students have special needs, but they are in traditional classrooms. They are expected to perform as well with the standards as their non-disabled peers," said Tresvant-Mcgee.

She is not quite sure what she will do with her $25,000 dollar prize.

During June, she will go on the road as part of a Fishman Prize tour that features her and the other winners. They will talk to teachers around the country about education.

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