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Pascagoula Teacher Gets A $25,000 Classroom Makeover

Seventh grade teacher Pattie Ramer headed down the hall to her classroom nervous and speechless Wednesday morning.

"I just do not know what to say," Ramer said.

Ramer, her fellow teachers and students have been waiting for this day since they found out Ramer won a classroom makeover contest.

Ramer wrote a compelling essay about how Katrina left her happy classroom at Trent Lott Middle School in shambles. That mess is now gone.

"Oh my goodness! I have so many things to look at, I can barely breathe," Ramer said.

Thanks to school supply company EXPO and the design team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ramer's classroom is now a showplace for learning.

There is a lounge area for students to relax, and a spacious cubical for books and photos. The new look gets an A+ from Principal Shannon Vincent and students.

"I love the way they did the desk in circles to keep space available," Shannon said.

"I like the colors, I would like it in my own house," one 8th grade student said.

Extreme Makeover star Paige Hemmis said her crew's goal was to create a colorful and technology-friendly place to learn.

"There are seven computer stations over on this side where 14 kids can work on the computers at one time. This thing right here is so cool, it's the Mimio Interactive White Board System. It actually will take Ms. Ramer's computer and put it up on the board," Hemmis said.

"You do not see computers on the wall everyday. You never see lime green walls or carpet in the room," 8th grader Chad Carson said. 

As for the winning teacher, today's lessons have to wait until the shock wears off.

"Even in my dreams, I couldn't have pictured this."

The EXPO Company is also giving every Trent Lott School teacher a dry erase board for their classroom.

By Patrice Clark

 

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