Teacher shares her formula for success in and out of the classroom

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Marilyn Flynn teaches her third-grade students that perseverance plus positivity equals success in the classroom and beyond.

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“Being a teacher helps you impart those lifelong lessons. You’re able to influence their strengths and weaknesses, their imaginations and their behaviors,” King said.

FOX13 met Flynn last year when she invited us to speak to her students at Parkway Village Elementary School in Memphis after a tornado hit near her school.

Many of her students’ families weren’t prepared, and she wanted to change this.

“I just want to be sure that throughout the year that I provide the necessary tips and leadership skills they can apply. Just be able to take ownership of their own learning so when they leave my classroom they are prepared for the next grade level. And not only just the grade level but for life settings,” she said.

COVID-19 has changed a lot for her this school year, but one thing remains constant.

“Through my teaching, I just like to instill lots of positivity into my students. [The positvity] can pour out into the community and just overpower all the negativity that’s going on in the world right now and not just the world but in our city,” King said.

She also has a message for the parents struggling to balance life, work, and school.

“Just be there to encourage them and to instill that positivity into them and let them know that virtual teaching is just as important as in-person teaching and this will soon come to pass,” she said.