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Class cheers as Tallahassee teacher becomes U.S. citizen

Posted: 6:29 PM, Jan 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 18:29:23-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Big Bend teacher got big support Thursday at a special ceremony.

The steps in front of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Tallahassee was packed Thursday morning.

Annmarie Small teaches fourth and fifth grade at Cornerstone Learning Community where they're learning about how someone becomes a U.S. citizen.

Small is originally from Jamaica. Her students tagged along to cheer her on through her own naturalization ceremony Thursday morning.

Small tells us she couldn't have gotten to this point without their support.

"It has been an amazing experience and it's an honor," Small said. "It's not just for myself but it's for my students as well and for my community."

"It's cool to see all the work and the final product," said Taylor Phillips, a student in Small's class.

Small says the first thing she did after the ceremony was register to vote. She was one of 75 people who became U.S. citizens in Tallahassee Thursday.