Middle School teacher’s dog serves as co-teacher in class

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.

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