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Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 18:22:42-05

"To Kill a Mockingbird" was supposed to be the talk of Mrs. Martin's English class.

“I’m sitting in the living room watching the news with my parents and I’m like oh my gosh this is so boring and then you show up and I’m like is that, is that Mrs. Martin,” said a Papillion La Vista High School student.

Harper Lee's classic had to be put on the back burner.  Mrs. Martin had a better story to tell. 

Before the big introduction at Baxter Arena, President Barack Obama was at Lisa Martin’s Papillion home. 

“It was like having a friend in your living room catching up that you hadn't seen in a while,” said Lisa Martin. 

An email sent to the president a year ago by a sleep deprived new mom sparked the President's stop.

“I just talked about climate change and having a planet that was safe for my son to grow up on,” said Martin.

Martin says she never thought a 4 a.m. email would prompt the President to show up on her doorstep.  But, the once in a lifetime experience makes for the perfect teaching moment. 

“The fact that I wrote a letter and he responded and then he came and met with me kind of proved to them, hey you can make a difference no matter how small,” said Martin.