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Just being inside Sunset Heights Elementary School in Webster City, you can tell it’s a special place. The smiles, the energy and teacher like Kati Olson.

“My main goal is just to help students become lifelong learners,” says Olson.

Olson teaches 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Special Education, helping kids with reading, writing and math.

“I truly believe that every child is able to learn and I think when you are a struggling reader, struggling in math that determination that will to know that you can do it is really hard and I just want to help those kids succeed because I know that they can do it.”

She goes to any length to help out her students, which can sometimes be a challenge.

“She’s one of the first people here in the morning, she’s here at the end of the day and she will do anything to help her kids and help them succeed, whatever it takes,” says fellow teacher, CJ Claybaugh.

One of Ms. Olson’s third grade students nominated her, for helping bring his reading abilities from a kindergarten to a second grade reading level.

“The most rewarding part for me is when seeing the light bulb just click. When they’ve been struggling on something for a long time then you get to that point of success where they know that they’ve mastered it they know that they’ve got it and you just see that work on their face and just knowing that you’ve made a difference.”

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