Top Teacher Barbara Bryant

Published: January 11, 2007 | 5286th good news item since 2003

There is always some type of fun activity in Barbara Bryant’s third grade class at St. Francis Cabrini School in Savannah.

But with the fun, there is always a goal.

“I want each child to be able to do his or her best, and know that there is nothing too big that they can’t accomplish with work,” said Bryant. “Sometimes it takes hard work, but they can accomplish the goal they have.”

And it’s that belief in all of her students that makes Mrs. Bryant so special.

You could say the desire to work with children is in her blood.

“When I was a little girl, I used to play school all the time,” said Bryant. “And then as I grew older, I decided that this is what I wanted to do.”

But that’s not all she wanted to do.

Her dream to help children extends beyond the walls of the classroom.

“My husband and I have adopted five girls, and we have ten grandchildren,” said Bryant. “There has always been that thing behind me that has always wanted me to do something for children.”

She and her husband participate in various fundraisers that benefit children, including the annual Christmas Toy Run.

But back in the classroom, Mrs. Bryant’s firm yet giving spirit has not gone unnoticed.

“She’s just the best teacher in the world because sometimes if we come out of uniform, she sometimes let’s us get by with it, like if we didn’t mean to, like if we didn’t have the right socks, she says that’s OK, I won’t write you a slip,” said student Ashley Fesperman.

So for her aim to change young lives both in and out of school, Barbara Bryant is this week’s WTOC Top Teacher.

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