One Class at a Time: Cuba Middle Senior High School

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An art teacher in the small town of Cuba isn’t letting aging and failing equipment stop her from inspiring her students with a love for the arts.

I went to Cuba Middle Senior High School to surprise Mrs Jessica Brewer with this week’s One Class at a Time Grant. Her students nominated her for this grant thanks in part to her supportive personality.

“These kids really become a part of your family” she said.

That caring and safe environment is obvious when you see her interact with her students. Sophomore Miranda Viano says her teacher Mrs. Brewer sees the potential in each student.

“No matter where you are from. No matter what you have, she doesn’t care she just loves you for who you are” Viano said.

Despite the title, her job goes beyond teaching art. Brewer’s lesson plans center around her relationships with the students. Just listen to what another student, Kaylann Beekman, had to say about Brewer’s dedication.

“She’s one of those teachers that goes above and beyond for her students, so it just makes my heart really happy because she deserves it.” she said.

Now, art is Mrs. Brewers passion. Unfortunately, they are limited due to old and failing equipment. She plans to use this one thousand dollar grant to purchase a new kiln to fire the pottery projects.

“we have this little kiln and we only have one and a half kiln shelves. So, we can only put a couple little projects in there at a time. So we’re having to fire it every day and we’re still not keeping up.”

She is an example of selflessness and that’s why she is our one class at a time winner.

Joe Puma

Joe Puma

Good Morning Illinois Meteorologist

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