CASSELBERRY, Fla. — For Carrene Campbell, an appreciation for education means everything.
It's personal for Campbell, who moved to the United States from Jamaica. She says her opportunities there were limited.
"It's teaching them other cultures where these students cannot go to school, because they do not have the means," she explained, her voice breaking with emotion. "Everyday I instill in them that they're in a country where education is free and they should not waste that."
Her students at Casselberry Elementary School say it's that passion that makes them love coming to school.
"Well I like that there's always something new to do," said fifth grader Hailey Smith.
"She's enthusiastic and makes it fun," Student Boris Radenovic added.
School principal Mallory Holliday, who was among several people who nominated Campbell, says her students are always moving, collaborating and challenging each other due to Campbell's dedication to them inside and outside of the classroom.
"She goes above and beyond for her students all the time," Holliday explained. "A perfect example is last year one of her students lost their home due to a fire after Hurricane Irma, and she immediately went out to their house to see how they were doing and she coordinated donations for the family."
For Campbell it's the power of YET.
"To never give up, no matter how hard the situation may be," Campbell explains.
It's the reason why Hailey says her teacher's grade should really be an, "A plus, plus, plus, plus!"