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Teacher Encourages Reader's Theater Performances

Lilburn - Susan Pernett knows how to create book lovers in the very young. She gets them to feel a part of the stories, by encouraging involvement in things such as Readers Theater.
"Alright we're ready to go," she told a group of second graders as they sat in a circle.

The scene in the classroom appears similar to a script reading for a Broadway play or sitcom. The story they're "acting out" is Tacky the Penquin.

With lessons like this, Pernett gets the students at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School to love the stories so much, they don't realize they're learning to read.

She's an enthusiastic reading specialist who spent 10 years as a kindergarten teacher. Now she's passionate about getting kids to enjoy books

"So they can kind of go anywhere in the world that they want to go in their minds," she said.

For Pernett enjoys seeing students excited about reading and about getting others to love it.

She remembers a former student telling a younger child about a story.

"This is a good book. Make sure you listen," Pernett recalled the boy saying to the younger child.

Thanks to her, they do listen and learn.

It's one reason Susan Pernett has won the 11Alive Class Act Award.