TYLER (KYTX)-While most kids at Jack Elementary spent the summer trying not to think about school, one first year teacher spent her summer anxiously awaiting the start of a new school year.
Melissa Hebert spent the day organizing backpacks and school supplies and teaching her new students
"It's kind of crazy, busy, kids coming, school supplies everywhere, trying to remember names but it's really fun so far," Hebert said.
Miss Hebert, as her second graders call her, hoped to be able to get her first job at a Tyler ISD school.
"I just knew I wanted to stay here in Tyler, I love the town, I love the schools, so when I got a job here at Jack I was just ecstatic," Hebert said.
Though the first day of school was hectic, Hebert says she couldn't have asked for better students.
"They are wonderful, I'm already in love with them, it's like love at first sight. I love them- all 23 of them," Hebert said.
Hebert says teaching is in her blood.
"I've known since I was very young that teaching was where i belong so I came from a family of teachers- my dad, my mom, brother, sister in law, aunts and uncles, lots of people are teachers in my family and so I just feel like it comes naturally, it's kind of my calling," Hebert said.
Hebert has been preparing for this day for the last four years but she says nothing could prepare her for the reality of it.
"The student teaching process really got me ready to be here and start here but also in a way there's nothing really that can get you ready for your first experience so I'm just excited for this day to be here," Hebert said.
She says after only 1 day she already knows she's in the right place.
"I'm already so happy came to jack and so happy I'm on the second grade team," Hebert said.
Hebert just graduated from UT Tyler and says she's excited to be able to give back to this community.