Mrs. Tann has taught at Brentwood Middle School in Greeley for 23 years. Many of her students think of her as their second mom.
"They call me Momma Tann," Tann said. "So, that's really cool. I think that's how you touch kid's hearts."
"Momma Tann" teaches, among other classes, an eighth-grade AVID class. It stands for Achievement Via Individual Achievement. In that class, that is exactly what happens.
According to Mrs. Tann "those guys have come so far this year. These are kids who were failing last year, many of them. Now they're on the honor role."
Many of her students come from difficult backgrounds. They have had issues like single parent families, poverty, gangs, parents who lost jobs and homes. But Mrs. Tann teaches them to focus on their future.
"Don't think about where you come from," Tann said. "Think about where you're gonna go."
According to Principal John Diebold, she has a knack for making kids believe in themselves.
"When kids are treated like young adults, they act like young adults," Diebold said. "They really do respond well to her".
When you write a story you need a great opening line. Lesson learned. You also need a great closing line. In this story, it's provided by Christina Kauffman, Pam Tann's college roommate and friend for more than 40 years.
"She believes all the students deserve to be treated like human beings, very important human beings," Kauffman said. "So that's how she teaches her classes. She always has from day one and she will forever. So that's just Pam Tann."
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