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Huffaker Teacher Named Excellence in Education Award Winner

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There's a teacher at Huffaker Elementary who is wrapping up a career that touched the lives of hundreds of students over her 33 years and this month we are honoring her with News Four's Excellence in Education Award.

Evening anchor Shelby Sheehan recently surprised 6th grade teacher Paige Ernst during a school assembly with all of the 6th grade classes.

Ernst has been at Huffaker for 30 of her 33 years as a teacher and this year she will retire.

Former students say she was a teacher who made a difference for them, making learning fun and most definitely challenging.

Her principal says Ernst not only taught her students well, but mentored newer teachers over the years , which has extended her educational reach even further.

So why the sixth grade all those years? She says , " I think that they are still kids, but they can think on their own and I enjoy that. I challenge myself to one up them with activities that are exciting and motivating but still demanding and with rigor."

Ernst has a special place in her heart for Huffaker Elementary, as she too was a student there in 4th, 5th and 6th grades at the schools past location on South Virginia Street. She will retire when school lets out for the summer in June.

Congratulations to News Four's Excellence in Education Award Winner, Paige Ernst!

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