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Slonick teaches her math class at Walton Middle School Slonick teaches her math class at Walton Middle School

Children at Walton Middle School say Debbi Skolnick brings math to life. That's one of the reasons the teacher is receiving the Best Middle School Teacher Award in central Virginia this year.

"She knows what we like to do and what we don't like to do to and so she makes projects that have us involved in what we're learning," said Rebecca Nordt, a sixth-grader at Walton.

Skolnick encouraged one class to build and race remote control cars so she could teach rates calculation and speed.  

This year, students are working on a zoo project.

"Rather than give a unit test on graphing and data, what I decided to do was have them research animals to make their own zoo," said Skolnick.

Students were assigned a problem of having a $1 million budget and applying for the job of zoo keeper.  

"They had to spend their budget, display their data on a spreadsheet, find mean, median and mode of various things they had to research," said Skolnick.

The class presented their findings to their classmates Thursday. 

Creative lesson plans like these are why Skolnick will be receiving the award, which is being given by Phi Delta Kappa Organization.  

Skolnick was nominated by two current students - Rebecca Nordt and Cecily Stern.

"Ms. Skolnick was just the best. Well, she is really fun and she gets work done, she makes it organized but she makes it fun," said Stern. 

Skolnick says she always thought math is better when students can see how it applies to real life.

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