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San Mateo Elementary Teacher is Teacher of the Week
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students in Lynette Smiley's classroom love their teachers.

The 8-year teaching veteran credits success in her classroom to team teaching with Ms. Angela Vaesa.

"We really feed off each other and work well together," Smiley said. "She's a very positive teacher."

"They're awesome, like if Ms. Vaesa's teaching, Ms. Smiley will come in and she'll think of something and she'll have like a connection to what Ms. Vaesa's teaching," said student Ashlin Green.

Smiley is very involved in the school, with an extensive list of extras like offering homework assistance twice a week. She also works with safety patrols and the leadership team.

Smiley said "love" sums up her personal teaching philosophy.

"A lot of these kids don't get a lot of love," Smiley said. "I feel like if you can incorporate love into your classroom as much as possible, then these kids will want to learn for you, they'll want to be here."

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