WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Even when teachers are not physically in their classrooms, they are always working. Whether they are grading tests or planning their next lesson, there is always something to do.
But one third grade teacher at Gregory Elementary School also makes time in her schedule to spend with students outside the classroom to support them beyond their academics.
“When you help a child build confidence, you are setting them up for success throughout their entire life,” said Andrea Hayes.
To help build and foster that confidence, Hayes says she listens to her students to understand what is important to them.
“If they don’t think you care, they don’t care what you think,” she said.
This school year marks Hayes’ fifth year with Gregory Elementary School, but when she is not in front of the class, she says she’ll spend time cheering on her students at their football and basketball games.
“They’re like ‘Oh! Miss Hayes I saw you.’ I’m like ‘Yeah, I saw you too. You’re cute,” she said. “I think it is important for them to see that I am communicating with their parents outside of the classroom.”
Through her dedication she hopes students realize what they do outside of the classroom is just as meaningful as what they do inside it.