It may look like all fun and games outside Franklin High School as Sherri Houston’s special education students play corn hole.
Take a closer look at the boards, the really well-made, beautifully decorated corn hole boards. Boards that represent hard work and potential, since they were made by Ms. Houston’s students.
"They did all the measuring," Houston explains. "They put them all together, then helped paint the boards. And, I have been offered money for them, because they did such a good job."
Houston, a Franklin native, has been a special education teacher at Franklin High for 27 years.
Her friend, Peggy Grice, who has volunteered at the school, nominated her.
"There needs to be more of her. We need to create a mold of Sherri. She is just terrific," says Grice.
Sherri Houston says the inclusive culture at Franklin, from the faculty and staff, to the other students, has made her job a joy, and her student's high school years memorable.
"These students are a big a part of the school as anybody. They walk up and down the halls and do high five, and holler their names. They even come in the classroom and ask to spend time and do things with them."
It’s this support, Houston says keeps her students aiming high and enjoying life
"People say if you find a job you love, you don’t have to work a day in your life. And, that’s what I feel I do," states Houston.