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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It started like any other Teacher of the Week surprise. Photojournalist Ryan Franklin and GMC anchor Ashley Jacobs followed the Roland-Grise principal into a classroom…but students were taking a test.

The quiet room quickly erupted into cheers when students and their teacher, Mr. Brian Gross, realized he had been selected as WWAY’s Teacher of the Week.

A colleague nominated Mr. Gross, highlighting the fact that he often spends his own money on classroom supplies.

“If I find something good or come up with something good myself,” Gross said, “I’ll stop at Harris Teeter and I’ll go buy those supplies or buy whatever I need. Honestly, I think that’s how the kids learn the best: when they get to put their hands on things.”

Mr. Gross teaches Science and Social Studies. Though WWAY cameras caught the students testing their knowledge, he said they can take the lessons far beyond a test at school.

“When we talk about the human body,” Gross smile, “I know kids are going to be heading into the health fields and things like that.”

He went on to describe what it is he loves to much about teaching, “Just helping them in their everyday life and the best I can for them to be successful.”

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