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Top Teacher: Kayani Ilse - Hudson High School

Rachel Tiede
Updated: April 27, 2022 04:41 PM
Created: April 27, 2022 03:29 PM

HUDSON - In total silence, Kayani Ilse teaches American Sign Language at Hudson High School.

Even though her classroom is silent, her students can still feel her passion for teaching, making sure everyone understands the curriculum and going the extra mile to help.

"She wants us all to learn, and she makes sure we all understand, and she's always there when you need her, so she's just a really great teacher," said Reagan Shlimgen. "Last year, I couldn't actually take ASL 2, so she took her time and I actually did it as independent study. So for her to take her time out of her own day and do that with me, she's inspired me a lot."

Her nominators said she also stepped up to the plate to be a class advisor when the Class of 2020 lost their advisor, even though she was new to the school that year.

She also went out of her way to make her dog, Hades, a certified therapy dog. He's a rescue from the Columbia Humane Society. She got permission from the school, and he comes to school four days a week.

"I always tell the students and anyone that needs a minute if he makes you smile underneath your mask or just brings a smile to your face, then he's done his job, and that's all it is, and if you're having a bad day or it's stressful then they'll ask to come in and just, 'Can I sit with him,'" said Ilse.

"We feel appreciated here because of her," said Shlimgen.

Ilse says passion is the secret to being a good teacher, and the love her students have for her is reciprocated.

"I love my job. I love teaching," said Ilse, with a smile.

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