Columbia, SC (WLTX) - When most kids head back to school next week, one Midlands teacher will have a new school, a new grade, and a new learning curve.
"It's mind blowing when you look around," said Tasia Wilson, a veteran teacher at Richland School District Two's new Lake Carolina Elementary Upper Campus.
Wilson has taught 2nd grade for 6 years but this year will move to 3rd.
Her new classroom has massive open glass doors and a fenced in area outside.
"It allows for more opportunity for more collaboration," Wilson said. "If the kids want to work inside the classroom or outside the classroom they can. I can still see them."
Planning for this year and preparing her classroom, Wilson says 3rd grade is an important one not only because of it's emphasis on South Carolina history but also because of lessons learned about responsibility and maturity.
"In years I might be a veteran teacher, but I feel like every year it's a new and exciting challenge," she said.
The challenge made easier this go round because of new up to date technology that comes with a new school.
They still have traditional textbooks but smart boards and computers, even at the elementary level, make getting ready for the year a technological task.
"It gets my creative juices going," Wilson said. "I think the kids will be excited to learn and it will be an exciting place to work in."