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Columbia, SC (WLTX)--Simple directions from a seasoned teacher equal success in Mrs. Patrice Anderson's 4th grade class at North Springs Elementary School in Richland School District 2.

For the last thirty years, Mrs. Anderson has been standing in front of a classroom treating each child like they were her own. Mrs. Anderson wants all herstudents to understand"You're safe here for 8 hours I'm going tobe mom while you're here, you can talk to meI"m going to protect you. If you need a hug, get a hug and let's keep going. "

When you put 3 decades into a profession like education some times old habits die hard. Mrs anderson will be the first to admit that she was a little nervous about stepping into the new technology territory. She's always been a fan of paper and pencil.

She's taught 3rd and 5th grade but admits that 4th graders are her favorite.

Mrs. Anderson is a native new yorker.

Her mother was an educator and she's known since 3rd grade that she wanted to follow in her footsteps.

She considers her ability to work with and relate to children agift.

Her advice to new educators in the classroom is as simple as her teaching style," Enjoy what you do, take it one day at a time, love your children and they will love you back.

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