Created: 05/14/2014 6:41 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee
(ABC 6 News) -- This weeks Excellent Educator is from Dodge Center.
Elaine French is a special education teacher at Triton High School. She credits her success at the school with hard working students and wonderful staff.
"It really makes me feel appreciated, because sometimes that always doesn't happen," says French.
She has worked in several different schools and different roles in her career. She has been in the role of a special education teacher since 2001.
When asked how special education has differed from other roles she's had, she says "its more challenging."
Working primarily as a one to one teacher with students that typically come from at risk backgrounds, even making time after school to make sure they succeed.
"I want them to be life learners, that its okay to ask questions and that's what I try to do is to inspire them," says French, "I want them to like learning."