Teacher of the Week: Michael Harper


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Michael Harper maintains control and teaches with enthusiasm and fun in a gym full of 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Trask Middle School.

“I’ve been teaching for a number of years and you learn what works best for each grade,” he says, adding “it’s because I have gray hair and I’ve been doing it a while.”

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He keeps the kids focused by allowing them do anything that lets them “express themselves well, to learn to  be articulate, to learn to write well, speak well, research well.  All of it is part of making them better.”

He says he loves his students because they “are the kind of kids who love to express themselves.”

Mr. Harper believes that if he gives his students a stage they’ll “definitely take advantage of it.”