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NewsWorks Tonight Feature by Kevin McCorry

Jacqueline Bershad loved everything about the way her son’s second grade teacher ran her classroom at Greenfield Elementary School in Center City Philadelphia.

She was “exactly what you would hope for in a teacher,” Bershad said — warm, yet firm, giving kids just the right mix of academic rigor and fun.

“My son’s teacher was the one who was at the Halloween party at night, and the picnic at night and really became involved in the community,” she said. “There’s some teachers who choose to do that, and some who don’t.”

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