Building relationships is the key to success for Clark Middle School educator Royce Zometsky.


The eighth-grade science teacher was named KTVA 11’s Teacher of the Week Monday morning on Daybreak.


“Getting to know them, so it doesn’t seem that they’re just coming in, I’m just going through a routine on a daily basis,” Zometsky said. “That they know that I’m interested in them, I’m interested in their lives, I’m interested in what they’re doing.”


Once that relationship is successfully built, Zometsky believes her students can accomplish anything.


“Because they start to trust you. They believe in you. They start to see that it’s OK if they’re not at their A-game sometimes,” Zometsky said. “If they’re even in a bad mood or if they struggle a little bit, they know that I’m always going to be there to support them.”


Student Agape Ahkui has felt that support firsthand.


“She’s very open to us. If we have a problem she’ll make us express it to her,” Agape said. “She’s not like any other teacher I know. She’s the sweetest teacher I know.”


Zometsky, who serves as the co-chair of the school’s science department, also has a knack for making class fun and the subject material relatable to her students.


She wanted to be a biologist but missed the interaction she experienced during her college labs. She would eventually give teaching a shot before falling in love with the profession.


“It was kind of like on a whim but it turned out to be like a perfect job for me. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” Zometsky said. “I’ve been teaching for 20 years now and every day I love coming to work. I never think of retiring.”


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