By Rashana Harney
For about 11 years, Madeline Todd has told her students to make their best even better.
Todd now teaches her first-grade students at Conkwright Elementary School the same.
She has taught first through fourth grades throughout her career and went into teaching because it was where she could have the most impact.
Education was her calling.
“I just felt like I had the biggest impact on the future,” Todd said. “I never had any other options.”
Todd spent most of her time growing up in Georgetown, though she attended elementary school in Georgia.
She pursued her bachelor degree as well as a teacher leader masters with a literacy specialist endorsement in reading and writing at Georgetown College.
Todd started her career in downtown Lexington before coming to Winchester.
Some of her first students recently graduated from high school.
She chose to teach elementary school because she enjoyed teaching the foundations.
She said she enjoys building relationships with students and their families.
Todd said she also enjoys pulling culture into her lessons such as African-American History Month and more.
Todd said it’s not only important to teach the standards, but it’s also imperative for students to learn about life.