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Fynn Carroll: January's Teacher of the Month

Remember High School? It can be tough to navigate. But these kids say, Mr. Carroll is helping them succeed.

The holidays are over and so is winter break at most schools.

As students and teachers head back to school, ABC10 wants to take a moment to recognize an outstanding teacher for January's Teacher of the Month.

This month, ABC10 visited Folsom High School to meet Fynn Carroll, a ninth grade and AP English teacher, who said he wasn't expecting to fall in love with the profession he's been doing for over 20 years. 

"Man makes plans and God laughs," Carroll said. "And I noticed that every single job that I had, I ended up in some sort of teaching position. The last thing I wanted to end up doing for most of my life was to be a teacher. My parents were teachers. I didn't want to be a teacher."

And he truly loves his job. And when it comes to students, especially high school students, it takes a village.

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"The teachers that are here are friends," Carroll said. "Everyday, we come to the school excited because we don't know what new or great or exciting things are going to happen in the classroom."

One thing he's passionate about is making sure students don't fall thought the cracks.

"It's very easy for them to get lost in the crowd," Carroll said. "It's very easy for them to withdraw. And what we do here is try to make sure that they connect. I've been to weddings. And I've seen babies. I've had children of former students in my class and that connection is so very important."

And that's why Carroll is taking home the top teacher prize for the month of January. The icing on this teaching cake is that Carroll is a Sacramento native who went to Hiram Johnson High School and got his Bachelors and Masters at Sacramento State.