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SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling takes on a pre-kindergarten class of four year olds

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Louisville, KY-(WDRB) -- Shaping the minds of children and teaching a room full of energetic four-year olds takes your patience to the limit. Sterling Riggs swapped gigs as a pre-kindergarten teacher. He found out just how hard it really is to keep up with the kids.

For a first timer, attempting to teach a group of four-year olds is like organized chaos! Debbie Claiborne has been teaching for the past 27 years and was Riggs' mentor for the day. She told him to have an open mind, be flexible and just have fun.

From association games to counting exercises to arts and crafts, every activity has a learning purpose. "The act of being a preschool teacher is to continually keep them engaged in the next thing because they are smart. They are sometimes smarter than me," said Claiborne.

Claiborne says being a teacher is definitely a labor of love and takes a special person to survive. "We are their home. We are the people who take care of them. We are the people who lay them down for their naps and pat their backs and give them the love that they need," said Claiborne.

At first the kids didn't really know what to think about their new teacher. But after a few fun activities, the kids didn't want Riggs to leave. But he says it was an exhausting, educational and fun time.

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