NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Megan Starnes got the call to teach a third grade class at Parsley Elementary School two days before...
Kate Diehl is a one-of-a-kind teacher who urges her students to be global citizens, stand up for social injustices, be themselves, and she still has time to be a fan (and quote) the rapper Tupac Shakur. "The advice I hope to leave all my students," she says, "is from the great Tupac who said 'be the rose that grew from concrete when no one else cared.'"
From band, jazz band and chorus to symphonic, concert and marching band, Jake Wentzek does it all at Topsail High School.
After suffering the loss of her husband, Ashley Freeman returned to work at Bolivia Elementary supported by her school family.
The entire student body of Brunswick County Academy turned out to surprise and congratulate history teacher Kristen Hewett as Teacher of the Week. She is a beloved teacher who says she teaches history because it lets her "continue to be a nerd."
Royanna Jackson says she has "always been a little jealous of the other teachers who get nominated" for Teacher of the Week. Now, however she can happily say "it's nice to feel so honored."
High expectations, a positive attitude, respect and a joy for teaching are the qualities that brought us to Wrightsboro Elementary School teacher Judy Beaman. Our Teacher of the Week is a first grade teacher who loves challenging her students grow every day. "Every day is the unexpected," she says, "It's all about exploration and learning and challenging them to learn and to grow and to do more every day."
Denise Davis is called encouraging, motivating and inspiring, but not by her students. She was nominated by fellow teacher Christian Williams who says she is a wonderful mentor as well as an amazing teacher. "She always has a smiling face when you walk in the door," he says.
Mistakes are proof you're trying and smiles are contagious. Those are the two mottos of teacher of the week, Breanna Lodato.