BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — This week's Maine Education Association Inspiring Educator is Mary Welner, and ed tech at Bath Middle School in Bath.

Welner's colleague says she connects and works with students who need something "extra." She says Welner's students not only love her but Welner always seems to know how to get them connected. She calls Welner's demeanor "magical."

On a day-to-day basis, Welner says she goes from class to class, helping her kids with their work.

"It's truly a blessing to be able to work with young kids like this," Welner says. "You don't just work with them academically. You get to know them and you build relationships so they trust you and feel safe.

"I think helping them to grasp concepts you know when they finally have that "a-ha" moment when they realize what they're doing and they get it," she says.