In our latest teacher of the week, we go to the BOCES West Learning Center in Apalachin to hear how Maura Ingraham helps her students succeed by meeting them where they're at. 

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Maura Ingraham is in her second year of teaching, something she's known she wanted to do for a long time.

She realized what she wanted to teach during her time in college.

"I found a grad program that was working with kids who had been through trauma. So immediately when I moved home, I knew this is where I wanted to work," said Ingraham.

As a teacher in the reclaim program, she works with 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade students with a different set of needs.

Ingraham says effective learning starts with making sure the kids are comfortable in the classroom.

She says, "We don't have assigned seating or assigned desks so they can move around the room. There's a lot of staff in here so they can choose the staff they want to work with in that moment and kind of move around and feel comfortable to sit where they would like."

She also uses lots of hands-on activities, making the lessons come more naturally to the kids. 

"They seem to really like it. They like earning different time so whether it's going outside to play basketball in between doing some activities, they do really well with that, with earning their checks for that, or some of them have point sheets," said Ingraham.

The most rewarding part for her is seeing how much the students grow by the time they leave her classroom.

Ingraham said, "I'm making a difference every single day. I feel like I'm one of those people who wakes up every morning and I am excited to come into work, even if there are hard days, you can notice the positives out of it. And just to watch the growth of every kid, it's actually really amazing."