Watch out world, the students in Krista Dodds’ Language Arts class are coming for you. They’re only in seventh grade at Draper Park, but they’re already learning skills that could make them key competitors for a number of careers. They know how to take an idea and make it real. In Dodds’ class, they create a concept for a basic student staple — cereal — then they research the product, use technology to create commercials and establish marketing schemes to persuade others to try it. Administrators say Dodd is solutions-oriented, communicative with parents, and an asset to the school. For these reasons, Draper Park Middle has chosen Dodds as the 2018 Teacher of the Year.