Teacher uses exotic bird in classroom

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email

CLAREMONT, NC (WBTV) - When Courtney Sajben thought of bringing her 10 month old Blue Macaw into the classroom, she thought surely she'd be denied.

But after weeks of sitting perched at the front of the class, Amigo is proof his presence was a good idea.

Courtney teaches special needs children at Riverbend Middle School in Catawba County. She says since the bird came in, students have started behaving better and focusing more on their studies.

Courtney uses Amigo to teach lessons of cleanliness, hygiene, and caring for animals.

You can ask any of the kids in her class anything about Amigo, they'll know the answer.

Courtney says the bird will be back next year after hopefully learning a few new words over the summer break.

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