Teacher thinks beyond classroom

Teacher thinks beyond classroom

New technology in classrooms leads one Dothan teacher to think beyond the classroom for her students.

As new technology enters schools, one Dothan teacher thought beyond the classroom and decided to take an extra step for her students.

Monica Montalvo is a fifth grade teacher at Grandview Elementary School, where iPads will soon be in the hands of her students. As excited as her students were, Mrs. Montalvo looked at the bigger picture.

She is the mind behind a grant the school has been awarded for a project she calls "Charged Up for Instruction!!". The grant is funded by the Dothan Education Foundation and will bring an iPad charging station into the classroom for the fifth graders to use.

"It's a great thing getting this technology but I also had to think about what problems might we face. And one of the big problems that sometimes we face, are the students, they may not have everything they need at home,” Montalvo said.

There are about 60 fifth grade students at Grandview that will be using the charging station. Montalvo wants learning to be the main focus in her classroom and not other worries, such as not being able to charge an iPad.

"Because you don't want them to come to school and feel like I'm not prepared because I didn't have lights. And you don't want them to have to tell you that because they're embarrassed," Montalvo said.

Tami Culver, president of the Dothan Education Foundation, had great things to say about Mrs. Montalvo and feels this grant is worth it.

 "When you have a teacher like Mrs. Montalvo in the system it shows that learning is not just about the classroom, she feels it in her heart," Culver said. 

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