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Heyward Gibbes Middle science teacher wants to make a difference in students’ lives

Dr. Margaret Ekeh

Dr. Margaret Ekeh

Dr. Margaret Ekeh has been teaching in Richland One for 24 years. She has spent six of those years at Heyward Gibbes Middle School as a sixth grade science teacher. Throughout her teaching career, she’s seen firsthand how students learn and behave at different stages.

“These students need teachers like me who have children like them,” said Dr. Ekeh.

Dr. Ekeh believes in treating her students the same way she treated her three daughters—with tough love. She says that’s especially true for middle school students.

Before coming to Richland One, Dr. Ekeh worked at the Department of Juvenile Justice for four years.

“During my time there, I saw students who were so smart but ended up on the wrong side of the law,” she said. “That was one of the catalysts that helped me decide I’m going to make a difference by teaching in Richland One.”

One of the ways Dr. Ekeh gets her students motivated is through technology. She uses programs like Kahoot for quizzes and Flocabulary to teach students new words.

Dr. Ekeh also motivates her students by reviewing topics, especially before a big test.

“Students need adults who care. When students know you care, they will care about what you want them to care about,” she said.

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