Less than three years into her teaching career, Siray Abbey is already making a big impact in the Anchorage School District.

"It brings me so much fulfillment and so much joy. I love molding these little humans into good people,” explained Abbey.

A resource and special education teacher at Gladys Wood Elementary School, KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week said she takes a holistic approach when it comes to teaching.

"I really try and connect with my students and create real genuine connections that impact them and make them feel loved and cared for when they're here at school."

Abbey said making those connection has been the secret to her early success in the classroom.

“When they look at you and know that you care about them, they are so much more happier and so much more willing to learn,” explained Abbey.

Prior to working at Gladys Wood, Abbey spent two years at Nunaka Valley Elementary School teaching pre-school special education.

She is currently in the process of getting her master’s degree at UAA and expects to graduate in 2018.