SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport teacher is getting her students excited about the school year by transforming her classroom into a world where little wizards can go.
Mary Ann Heitzman is a third-grade teacher at Atkins Elementary school. From candles, to letters, and even a few potions, everything J.K. Rowling wrote about can be found in her classroom.
"I've been saving up all year, while I was teaching my first year," Heitzman said. "I slowly bought things and made things. "
Heitzman says she spent well over $1,200 buying and making everything in her classroom, but the reaction her students had when they walked through the door made everything worth it.
"One student came in and she stomped her feet and said this is the best classroom ever, and it really made me feel really, really good," Heitzman said.
Heitzman says she had help from parent Hillary Morrow, who believes classrooms like hers really make a difference.
"A lot of students they wind up getting bored, and if you're in an environment like this I don't see how you could be bored," said Morrow.
For students, being a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw also holds a deeper meaning.
"They have these positive adjectives that the students can relate to and say that that's what I am whenever they're sorted into their houses,"Heitzman said.
Mary Ann says she wants to keep her Harry Potter theme for the 2019-2020 school year and plans to add more to her classroom.
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