Programs that help kids overcome challenges and build their self-esteem are often used in America’s public schools.
A Levelland teacher has brought an innovative program to her school, one that she hopes will change the lives of her students.
D’Nnae Wilson, a teacher/coach at Levelland Middle School, is using a friendly dog named Tango to teach students how to be more confident, calm and caring.
Wilson is applying what is called the Mutt-I-Grees curriculum.
It builds on children’s affinity for animals and helps them to become confident while being more empathetic toward others.
Tango, a member of the Leonberger breed, is Wilson’s ‘co-teacher’ for the venture.
Wilson started the program last fall and it is held every Wednesday in her two Wahoo enrichment classes.