Class Act teacher by day, actress by night

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Laura Floyd obviously likes a challenge.

In recent weeks, she has taken on directing 64 children at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in a pint-sized version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of the Penzance."

"I'm really proud of them. This is my third year at Holy innocents and this is the most ambitious material," said Floyd.

The kids are so dedicated to their acting craft, they really worked at speaking with British accents.

Floyd relates to their love of the stage. She's an actress who has performed throughout metro Atlanta.

"My mother was singer and she starting taking me to plays when I was 4 years old," said Floyd.

She teaches drama to 380 kids in first through fifth grades in the Lower School, offering them skills they will use in all aspects of their lives.

"Discipline through acting, the eye contact and the public speaking which is so tough, she also incorporates the curriculum that we teach. So it's just fabulous," said Terri Potter, Principal of the Lower School.

"Being a teacher is so important to me as an actor and being an actor is so important to me as a teacher. Because when I do one, I feel like I get better at the other," said Floyd. "I always knew I wanted to perform, but I also knew I wanted to teach as well and I think the two go hand in hand, so I feel very lucky to do both."

"She can sing so well and her choreography is so amazing," said Hayden Sample, a fifth grader.

"She just has amazing tips to give you," said Pressley Payne, a fifth grade student.

"She is amazing. She always makes sure it's the best fifth grade play, ever," said fifth grader, Christian Lee.

Floyd admires them, too.

"Just watching them, I learn so much and teaching them I learn so much about my craft as well," said Floyd.

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