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One Houston County teacher is opening up the books and having her students dive right in.

Shelley Shillcutt of Westside Elementary School is no stranger to flipping through the pages of learning. She says for the past 12 years, reading has taken her students to the next chapter of their lives.

"What we're doing here in elementary school has an impact on them, not just today, but for the rest of their lives," she said.

She's impacted at least two fifth-graders who say she's the best. Jelicia Campbell and Jacob Lifsey teamed up to nominate Shillcutt as a top teacher.

"We love her like she's our second mom at school," said Campbell reading the letter she and Lifsey wrote to 13WMAZ.

The pair says their teacher goes above and beyond any ordinary textbook.

"She will ask us what kind of books we like and she'll order books for us to read," said Lifsey.

"She tries hard to make our school the best," added Campbell.

Other fifth-graders say she does that by transforming their classroom into a library. Many students say they love having free time to read.

"She's has so many books, and she's the nicest teacher that I've met," said student Kris Larson.

"She gives us an opportunity to have a fun time to read," added Cobe Dantzler.

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