This month's Top Notch Teacher comes to us from Viroqua
where parents and staff say Jennifer Peterson goes
above and beyond what a normal teacher does for her
News 8's Leah Linscheid has the story.
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Jenny Peterson has been teaching at Viroqua Elementary,
for seven years.
I work with kids ages 3 through 5 that have disabilities
of some sort.
It's not the kind of position that just any teacher
can excel at.
The reason Ms.
Peterson shines is because of the type of person she
is - she is open, she is friendly.
I fell in love with this age group and what I'm doing
and the kids, and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Peterson works with children at their earliest stage
of education, as soon as they're eligible for classes
at age 3.
She's known to visit her students at home after the
school-day has ended.
Whether it's in the classroom or in their living rooms,
Peterson will go the extra mile to ensure she's there
If its helps me to help them, I want to be able to
do everyhting I can to help these kids.
Peterson will teach the same children for three years
over the course of her program, helping to prep them
for the challenege ahead in kindergarten.
The skills they develop in order to get to that point
where they can go forward and take those next steps,
is the foundation that Jenny's starting with them.
I grow very attached to these little kiddos and to
have them go on to another teacher is very sad but
also its very nice to see them grow up and be successful.
But it's not just these kids that Ms.
Peterson is helping - it's her fellow staff, as well.
She's so giving of herself and time and energy and
experience, having somebody like that, it makes everybody's
Peterson is actually the *third* teacher from Viroqua's
school district to receive the top notch award.