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South Heights Elementary School got a visit from three Department of Defense representatives so they could learn more about the school's teaching methods. South Heights Elementary School got a visit from three Department of Defense representatives so they could learn more about the school's teaching methods.

Three members of the Department of Defense visited South Heights Elementary in Henderson on Wednesday. They were in town to get new ideas from South Heights for schools across the country. 

Those Department of Defense representatives tell 14 News they're working on rebuilding some of their schools at military bases and wanted to use some of South Heights' teaching methods as a model.

"We heard about this program child and wanted to look and see what kinds of things they're doing differently," said Lisa Curtis, the Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Domestic Elementary and Secondary Schools. 

A 'National Demonstration Site', South heights Elementary is no stranger to visitors and Assistant Principal Chris Powers says their students couldn't be happier.

"They love to share and they love to show everyone what they know," Powers said.

But Wednesday was a little different. Department of Defense representatives came to check out teaching methods, like South Heights' Project Child.' It's a program where students have the same teachers three years in a row snd separate teachers for each subject.

"The kids are more self-confident. They are more self-motivated," Powers said to 14 News.

"When anyone is passionate about something and really loves it, they're going to do a better job of teaching it," Curtis said.

Curtis says the Department of Defense has has 65 schools in seven states, Puerto Rico and Cuba, and they're going to rebuild about 44 of those schools. She says they'll be geared more toward the 21st century with more space for collaboration and more technology like smart boards.

"The building doesn't make education. It's what you do inside that building. You can teach anywhere. I mean, we can do it wherever we need to do it. We don't have to have new schools, but some of our schools are in very poor condition, so we're building new schools. So, we want to make it right because they'll be around for a long time," Curtis told 14 News.

Curtis says the Department of Defense schools closest to Henderson are at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She tells 14 News the department has been talking with South Heights about forming a partnership with Fort Campbell to share teaching methods on a regular basis.

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