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Innovative South Florida teacher incorporates TikTok to her elementary school lessons

A third-grade teacher in Davie uses TikTok to turn learning into fun.

DAVIE, Fla. – A Cuban-American of Scottish descent who grew up in Hialeah has been teaching for more than a decade. The innovator’s experiment to increase students’ engagement has proved beyond successful.

Natalie Stuart’s third-grade students at Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School in Davie know how much she enjoys sharing a good dancing beat during her lessons. When one of them wanted to show her a fun dance on TikTok, she had an idea.

“I realized this was a platform made for me. It allowed me to express my creativity,” Stuart said.

Stuart, who had dreams of pursuing broadcast journalism as a kid and enjoys makeup, decided to incorporate a social media strategy to distance learning. And when her students returned to the classroom, she included them in her productions.

About two years after setting up her TikTok account, the innovative educator’s reach continues to go beyond her classroom. Her @nattiemeetsworld account has more than 298,000 followers. With more than 8.1 million likes, her engagement is extraordinary.

Her students are not the only ones enjoying her Happy Friday dance videos. Her colleagues recently gave her the school’s Teacher of the Year award. Angine Tyghter, the principal at Nova Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, said she is proud of Stuart.

“It is more than cool! It’s inspiring,” Tyghter said.

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.