Mrs. Julie Ferreira is a 5th Grade Teacher at William H. Taylor Elementary School in New Bedford, and thanks to her unwavering commitment to her students, she is October's Teacher of the Month.

Here is what a parent of one of her students had to say about her:

Mrs. Ferreira is a dynamic educator. She makes learning fun, but also holds her students accountable for their education. She keeps parents involved and is open to communication. I appreciate that she is clear about her expectations, but also gives shoutouts and celebrates students' successes.

I think she deserves to be Fun 107's teacher of the month because she recently started an after-school entrepreneur club for her 5th graders. Students created a business plan and secured seed funding from the school's PTO after they presented a PowerPoint, showing their intentions. These 10 and 11-year-olds stood in front of a group of adults and convincingly requested money to start a school store. At Mrs. Ferreira's guidance, they developed the list of supplies they would need when items would be for sale, and their plan for repaying the PTO.

In a system so dictated by MCAS, it's amazing to see a teacher step outside of the box to teach kids useful skills that won't be found on a standardized test. She deserves this recognition. I know there are a lot of great teachers in the area!

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Congratulations to Mrs. Ferreira for being Fun 107's SouthCoast Teacher of the Month. As the winner of this month’s award, she received a $200 Amazon gift card, a gift card to 110 Grille, and a brand-new television courtesy of Vermette Corp. First Citizens Federal Credit Union also took a look at her Amazon wish list and checked off a few of her items.

A special thank you to our sponsors A&M Driving School, Bay State Movement Academy, Bay State Gymnastics Academy, and First Citizens Federal Credit Union for helping us pull this off each month.

Do you have a special teacher in your life? Nominate them and they could be our next Teacher of the Month!

SouthCoast School Districts with the Best Teachers

There are a lot of amazing teachers on the SouthCoast and as parents we appreciate them all. Yet one site asked students who they felt had the best teachers around and the results may surprise you.

Gallery Credit: Nancy Hall

Top 25 Elementary Schools on the SouthCoast has crunched the numbers and come up with the best schools in every state from K-12. Here on the SouthCoast nearly 60 elementary schools were ranked based on academics, teachers and diversity.

Here's the best the area has to offer according to this site's results.

Gallery Credit: Nancy Hall

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