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Media Center team helps teens move to the next academic level

CUMMING, Ga. -- At Piney Grove Middle School in Cumming, students know there's a way to look at learning that they may not have considered.

"Learning can be fun. Blows your mind, doesn't it?," laughed Kristin Deuschle, a member of the school's Media Center team.

Deuschel leads a trio of educators dedicated to helping students understand material they may have a tough time grasping in the classroom. She's joined by technology specialist Jim Wiles and paraprofessional Melissa Sharpley.

Their success with the students is partly due to their ease with working together as a team. Each have qualities that allow them complement each others' strengths and weakness.

"I think it's kinda of a synergy thing," Sharpley said. "We talk about we have a whole brain with all of us."

"I just love them and we have bonded. This is my second year here and it's like a sister and brother and we just love what we do," Deuschle said.

"It's no long about learning it, taking a test on it and failing it. It's learning it, taking a test on it, possibly failing it, then teachers trying to figure out how you're going to learn it," said Nicole Huffman, a teacher who nominated the trio for 11Alive's Class Act Award, along with Sandy Duncan, a co-worker.

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