Energetic and engaging -- Brittany Nerland is a second-grade teacher at Aquarian Charter School. 

“Being at Aquarian we have the freedom to teach the way we want to teach,” Nerland said. “We’re not bound by a lot of the curriculums that the neighborhood schools are, which is nice.”

Nerland has been teaching for the past 13 years, 10 of which have been at Aquarian. Nerland says her secret to success is building relationships with her students.

“Most of all, it’s the excitement and the energy that the kids bring to it,” Nerland said. “Every day you never know what’s going to happen. You get the 'ah-ha' moments.”

Aside from the academics, Nerland wants her students to remember one thing.

“I want them to know or remember how I made them feel,” she said. “The lessons are going to come and go… But how I made them feel, that’s what they’re going to remember.”

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