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Students in the state of North Carolina are expected to attend 180 days of school.
Spending 180 days with anyone seems like a lot, but when students have teachers who are engaging and inspiring, the calendar year doesn’t seem so long.
Growing up, I was blessed to have some of the best teachers in our district. One of my favorites was my fourth-grade teacher Ms. Qualls. She was a devoted educator who knew how to make daily lessons fun and interesting while simultaneously tailoring every activity and lesson plan to the ability of a special needs student who was fully integrated into our classroom.
Ms. Qualls also helped us become interested in the environment and take pride in our school, as she taught us how to garden and helped our class plant trees right outside our window. She even met up with some of us who lived near the school during the summer for weekly watering and maintenance sessions.
In middle school, Ms. Roque’s language arts class was the best part of sixth grade. She was a young, recent graduate who taught for learners of all styles. She helped us learn language by incorporating parts of speech into a song.
To the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” she taught us how to remember helping verbs. “Is, am, was, were, be, been, are, has, have, had, may, can, must, might, would, could, should, shall, will, does, do, did—(hand clap)—helping verbs.”
Fifteen years later, I can recall it with ease.
In high school, Ms. Wadycki helped me realize my photography hobby could be turned into a career if it was something I was passionate about and willing to work hard for.
Teachers can make lasting impressions on students. Fortunately, there are hundreds of wonderful teachers working diligently on creating good impressions on students in our Brunswick County classrooms.
Managing classrooms of 20-25 students for eight hours a day for 180 days a year is no easy task. Trust me, I sat in and observed a kindergarten class for a day and was probably more exhausted than the teacher.
Work doesn’t stop once a teacher drives off school property. From lesson plans to grading papers, a lot goes on behind the scenes. To top it off, Brunswick County Schools employees have not had a pay increase in the past two years, and Superintendent Edward Pruden recently said it does not look like there is an increase planned for the near future.
But we still have amazing teachers who continue to engage and inspire and deserve to be recognized.
Know of a female teacher who is doing great things in the classroom? Nominate her for our upcoming edition of our in-house magazine “The Real Women of Brunswick County.” Our next issue will be largely focused on the women who are devoted to shaping our youth.
E-mail nominations to me at email@example.com or feel free to call me at 754-6890 by Friday, Jan. 28.
We look forward to highlighting the positive things happening inside the classrooms in our county.