Teacher makes math unforgettable

6:59 AM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The true test of a teacher's legacy are the students who credit the educator with changing their lives.

That's the way former students feel about Naimah Oladuwa Frame, a sixth grade math teacher at The Children's School.

Recently, several of her former students, who now attend The Paideia School, returned to Frame's classroom to tell her how much she continues to impact their lives in such a positive way.

"She challenged me to make sure I was always doing my best," said Mira Kaufmann, an 8th grader.

"She always remembered what it was like to be a student so she could connect with all of us," said 8th grade student, Katy Jordan.

"She created another group for some of us so we could excel more and she challenged us even more," said former student, Nathan Karnik.

Frame believes it's important to connect math with tangible items her students can understand, such as comparing algebra with apples and oranges.

"If you can see it in your head, it's (math) more assessable," said Frame.

She also tries to show students they can have fun with math.

"With her help and bringing this sort of lighted-hearted sense of humor to every lesson, I was able to get into honors math seventh grade," said former student, Maddie Friedman.

"Through her math teaching and personality, she taught me how to be myself," said Kira Farley, a former student. "When I left this class and went on to seventh and 8th grade, I was much more comfortable in my own skin. I think if I hadn't had this class, I'd still be trying to figure out who I was."

The students nominated Frame for 11Alive's Class Act Award.

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