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Huntington teacher using computers in classroom for 29 years


A Huntington teacher has been using computers to teach spelling in the kindergarten computer lab for the last 29 years.

Over that time, the technology has changed, but the outcome has not.

Work in the Huntington Kindergarten computer lab starts with learning cat, boo, zoo, bed and go.

All of those words are common place for adults, but for kindergarten children they are new.

"Once they start writing their words, but more so start reading their words, it is just wonderful," said teacher Terri Denman. "It just escalates from there."

Denman said that she could have retired earlier but this job is something she enjoys.

"This is my job, but I truly enjoy it," Denman said. "I enjoy these little people and that where my talent is."

For almost three decades Terri Denman has taught the students the writing to read computer program.

Workstations have changed from five inch floppy disk and heavier keyboards to high speed computers with sounds.

"They're used to laptops now," said Denman. "They are used to Ipad's. The children are very familiar with this. They know how to work the parent's cell phones; they know how to work the Ipad more than I do."

The program teaches students with sounds rather than letters.

Denman is now working with second generation students and will even have her grandchild next year. And every year brings new excitement.

"It's a different child," said Denman. "It is a whole new set when you learn with a new child, that hasn't walked in this path before, so when you see this child learning it is wonderful," Denman said.

At the end of the school year, the principal at Huntington Elementary will climb up on the roof if at least one student learns up to 1,000 words. Last year, a kindergarten student learned over 2,300 words.

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