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'One Class at a Time' surprises teacher at Rose Park Elementary School

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-14 09:06:45-05

Q2, Billings Education Foundation and City Brew Coffee have teamed up for “One Class at a Time.” It's a program that recognizes teachers who go above and beyond to help their students.

This week, we pay a visit to Rose Park Elementary School to honor Jamie Swan, a 1st grade teacher dedicated to making her classroom a safe place for every child to learn and grow. Through her use of technology, literature, science and even sign language, Mrs. Swan is always looking for the best way to teach her students and encourage them to be proud of themselves as they navigate through their educational journey.

"I'm learning a little bit about sign language myself," said Mrs. Swan.

"When I was in high school, I learned how to do the alphabet and triple sign in ASL and so I teach the kids. When I'm reviewing our letters at the beginning of the year, I teach the sign language of that letter and the kids eventually learn how to finger spell their names. Sometimes, when we are going from carpet to desk, they'll sign their names as a quiet transition."

In honor of her dedication to her students, Mrs. Swan was presented with a $500 grant from the Billings Education Foundation and a $150 gift card from City Brew Coffee. Congratulations!

If you would like to nominate a teacher, click here. A visit to your school could be just around the corner.