Updated: 10/30/2013 5:41 PM
Created: 10/30/2013 5:26 PM KSTP.com
By: Laura Lee
(ABC 6 News) -- This weeks Excellent Educator is a middle school teacher from Austin.
Marnie Leif teaches 5th grade at Pacelli Catholic Schools.
"If they take responsibility for their learning, its more fun for them," says Leif, "its not really a job, I love what I do, so I just come to school everyday."
Letting her faith guide her philosophy for teaching.
"I love the privilege of teaching morals and values as part of all of our subjects everyday and hopefully it makes for stronger kids as they go out into the community," says Leif.
Something passed onto Mrs. Leif from her own fourth grade teacher who inspired her to become a teacher.
"I just always wanted to do what she did," she says.
After 27 years, I'd like to believe, she has inspired students who will share a similar passion for teaching.