Hometown Hero: Donna Bailey

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It's the job that makes all other jobs possible. A teacher gets less than a year to make an impact on each child's life.

That's all it took for one teacher to mold a sixth grade student into a now published author whose new book will be in classrooms everywhere.

For Amber Elmore, there's no greater feeling than reading ‘Betsy Beansprout,’ her first published book, to a room full of students in the same school where she learned to read and write.

“My sixth grade teacher is the very first person who believed in me, told me I was creative and told me that I should be a writer,” Elmore said.

That teacher is Donna Bailey at Grandview Elementary School.

“She just sparked that desire and interest in creativity and playing with words,” Elmore said.

“It just satisfies that need in you to interact with others and to see results,” Bailey said. “It's just fun. It's just a fun job.”

But the word 'job' doesn't really cover it. No paycheck could compare to seeing first-hand results like this.

“I took it to heart and I’ve been writing since the sixth grade,” Elmore told Bailey. “Because of the great teacher you are and the way you love your children, I am here to present you with the WSAZ Hometown Hero award.”

And along with inspiring messages, Bailey also teaches her students what it means to be humble.

“It's nice to know that I had some kind of a part in that, but it was you,” Bailey told Elmore. “The whole hometown hero thing just completely shocked me.”


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