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When she's not hard at work in the classroom, Isabelle Jackson Elementary school teacher Linda Stall-Alexander is busy scrap booking and judging BBQ contests. But it's what she does in the classroom that makes her a hit with her students.

Stall-Alexander said becoming a teacher was instilled in her at an early age.

"First of all, my mother became a teacher and I got really excited," Stall-Alexander said. "And got really excited about helping her get ready for teaching and that's what kind of got me going for being a teacher."

She said after going to school and getting her degree, Stall-Alexander thought she would spend her career teaching toddlers.

"I thought I am only going to be a pre-school teacher," Stall-Alexander said. "Well, needless to say 30 years later, I have taught every grade level in elementary school from kindergarten all the way up to 6th grade."

Stall-Alexander said what makes teaching worthwhile is when she witnesses that light bulb moment, when students truly understand what they're learning.

Her teaching philosophy is a simple, yet an effective one.

"I want to make sure every student is the best they can be," Stall-Alexander said. "I don't want them to give up on themselves."

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