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St. Francis teacher loves to work with kids

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 by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - It was a love for children that made Becky Martinez wish to become a teacher. Martinez is currently a second grade educator at St. Francis Catholic School in Yona, and has been for about three years. "I share things with them and I tell them, 'Mrs. Becky is not a rich person', I'm here for you and you only and they know how I feel about them," she told KUAM News.

"I love them so much," she added. "My students are my life."

Looking around the heavily decorated classroom, you will notice that Martinez does not have a desk or a chair - she believes the room and everything in it belongs to her students. When it comes to subject matter, she says that her students tend to gravitate toward reading. "I usually use video clippings and I also use short clipping and I try not to use technology too much especially when I'm teaching kids, most of it is hands-on," she continued. "There's a lot of educational games and activities that I create and it's according to my lesson of course, and they really do enjoy it."

And Martinez is extremely resourceful - using everything from recycled cardboard, foil, paper bags, to even fabric softener cups to create amazing visual displays and learning devices that captivate her student's imagination.

Now as for what Martinez wishes for every second grader in her class of 18, she shared, "I want them to leave the classroom happy and wanting to return the next day644 and I think I've actually succeeded at that."
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