Tools for Teachers: Ellise Ryan

CBS12 anchor Teri Hornstein introduces us to Ellise Ryan, the Tools for Teachers winner. (WPEC)

After just a few minutes in Ellise Ryan's fifth grade class, you can feel the excitement.

It's the beginning of a new school year at Pinewood Elementary and her students are delighted to be here.

"She's just an amazing teacher," said fifth grader Ray Garner.

Ryan won Teacher of the Year in Martin County last year and is now a "Tools for Teachers" winner.

"I love creating experiences for the kids here," she said. "We can transform the room into an alien invasion and learn all about mixtures and solutions."

Ryan said she will use the money to create these type of experiences for her classes this year.

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