LARGO, Fla. — Going above and beyond to help her students reach new heights is nothing new for Carolina Tave. 

The Ridgecrest Elementary 4th grade teacher wears many different hats in the Spanish Emersion program. 

A native of Argentina, Tave migrated to the U.S. after going to college to teach. She has now been teaching in Florida for more than 10 years. 

The challenge this year was a program called the Science Olympiad. 

"I love the new challenges," Tave said. "I love discovereing the different levels of developement and how I can better serve those children." 

Right on schedule, Tave's students zoomed right to the top, making it to state competition. Her principal, Vicki Graham, loves to talk about how hard Tave works. 

"Are the kids ready for it?" Graham said. "Oh they are working hard everyday. (And) She just gives her all. She is a hard worker.  She is in to the kids. She knows what they need.  And they respond to it." 

More importantly, Tave wants her students to be ready for next year and beyond. 

"We are reviewing everything we have learned this year," Tave said. "I want them to move on to the fifth grade with a super strong foundation.

"We do have a motto here at Ridgecrest Elementary:  together we are better and I whole heartedly believe that and that's what we do here."