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Science Teacher of the Year

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DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- There's a teacher here in Cenla who is going the extra mile to help students develop passion for science, and her efforts haven't gone unnoticed. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to Louisiana's 2013 Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year.

It only takes a second spent in her classroom to realize she's not your average teacher.

Lacey Hoosier has been teaching science at Buckeye High School for four years and her methods are anything but ordinary.

"Everyday when they come in what are we doing today? What are we doing today? That's the first question I get and all 25 will ask it," says Hoosier.

Her teaching space looks more like a pet store than a classroom. In this lesson, she's using George the iguana and the other animals to teach her biology students about species classification.

"I know learning is sometimes not fun for kids so I try to make it fun. Hands on. We're outside. We go on field trips. We're doing anything we can to make them excited about science."

"Ms. Hoosier has received an award for those outstanding teaching methods. She's been named the Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Louisiana."

"Once it set in I was just overwhelmed. I was very grateful. When I told all my students they were excited. They all clapped for me."

Principal Jonathan Garrett says he wasn't surprised to hear about Ms. Hoosier's honor.

"What Ms. Hoosier does in the classroom everyday it is exciting. It's challenging and that's the key. Not only is it fun and energetic but it's also very challenging. It's high level stuff," says Principal Garrett.

So whether she's teaching Earth Science, Biology, or Anatomy, Ms. Hoosier says this award is just the beginning of her science teaching experiment.

"I don't want to stop here. There's more things that I can do."

All of Ms. Hoosier's courses are AP science classes, meaning her students are earning high school and college credit at the same time.

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