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December 6--  Leslie Seabury has wanted to be a teacher since she went to kindergarten and Wednesday she was named the Teacher of the Year for Vidalia City schools.

"I'm humbled and I love my job and what I do with these kids everyday, but I don't do anything different from every other teacher in this building or in this school system," she said.

Mrs. Seabury has been teaching special needs students at J.R. Trippe Middle School for the past eight years, " We work on skills they will need in life, their grade level to the best of their ability, life skills and that type of thing.  They are loving and kind and sweet and they want to learn.  They come everyday because they want to learn," she said.

A contingent of school officials headed by School Superintendent Dr. Garrett Wilcox and school principal Sandy Reid surprised Mrs. Seabury in her classroom to make the presentation, "Because of her compassion and her passion for what she does, Mrs. Seabury is one of those people who loves to come to work everyday.  She enjoys what she does with the kids and she gives 150% at all times.  She works in a small classroom of students who have special needs and she gives as much or more as any other teacher who has a classroom of thirty.  She understands the importance and power of what she does and she doesn't take that for granted," the principal said.

leslieseabory(L-R) Assistant Principal Brandon Boston, Superintendent Wilcox, Mrs. Seabury and Principal Sandy Reid.

Local support for the Teacher of the Year program is provided by Allen Morris of the local Farmers Insurance agency.