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.
The Broadway musical 'Hamilton' stretches it's influence all the way to the classroom of Joshua Bailey at Cape Fear Middle School. It helps him teach Social Studies to his 9th graders. "It's just awesome to see them get engaged in dead founding fathers that they wouldn't normally," he says, "it has really opened up the door for them."
Think back to first grade, you probably remember your teacher. First Grade teacher, Tracey Failla, is making a big impact on her students at Pine Valley Elementary School. That's why she is our Teacher of the Week.
Li Zhu, or Stella Li as she goes by, traveled half way around the world to teach Mandarin Chinese at Williston Middle School. She says she came here because she wanted to teach, but also to "widen your mind."
Keeping the beat and getting kids ready for the future is what happens in Chris Cook's band classes at North Brunswick High School. He says 'band teaches you all these life skills." His philosophy is that his students are going to use the skills he's teaching them long after they leave NBHS. "They're going to take these skills," he says "even they don't become music majors or go to school for music."