In Hillsborough, even famous teachers feel first-day jitters
TAMPA — Before kids took over the hallways at Cleveland Elementary, Megan Allen arrived, her hands full and a smile on her face.
The 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year admitted that she was probably just as nervous as the students about to fill her second-floor classroom.
"Every year, it's total nerves," she said. "You want to do your best for the kids and make their first day very exciting and hands on … and just inspire them to try their best for the rest of the year."
Outside Cleveland Elementary, parents walked with their kids in a light drizzle. Paula Gomez and Irvin Noel Gonzalez Ayala were excited for their two sons, one entering first grade, the other kindergarten. The boys wore navy polos, cargo shorts and matching shoes.
"They're not nervous," Gomez said as Jandrew and Erwin ate breakfast in the cafeteria. "They just want to get up early to go to school."
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