Danville teacher doesn't let illness stop her from molding minds

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Danville teacher isn't letting a chronic illness keep her down.

She's working harder than ever to make sure her preschool students learn something every day.

Paige Swanson teaches four-year-old students at Carlisle School in Danville.

She was diagnosed with Lupus in 2016.

"I felt like my life was over at that point," she says.

Swanson knew her purpose wasn't fulfilled though.

"To know that I have ten little children who think the world of me and really come in and are excited to learn. They give me the driving force to get out of bed every morning," she says.

Just in time for President's Day, she has taught her class the President's song.

Swanson says she learned the song in preschool and it stuck with her.

"It really helped in U.S. history in high school, so the fact that it stuck with me, if it can stick with them then then I'm doing something right," she says.

She's also teaching her students a few songs from the musical Hamilton.

She taught last year's preschool class a song from the musical and the video went viral.

She's hoping to top that performance this year, but she says all that matters is the students learn something.

"We do a lot more than just play in here," she says.

So far, she's made quite an impact.

"I love Miss Swanson because she loves me!" says one of her students.