WASHINGTON COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for October 25 Steffanie Barnes from Pines Elementary School in Washington County.
Barnes is a special education teacher who has been teaching for 13 years. She was born in Washington County, received her undergraduate degree from Elizabeth City State University and received her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.
Barnes says, “In order to teach them, you have to reach team. I found you have to build relationships with students first. Once they realize you care for them, they will work for you. I love when my students take responsibility for their learning and do not give up when tasks are challenging to them.”
The person who nominated Barnes wrote the following:
“She is my child's special resource teacher and has been for the last 4 years. She is also the administrator of his IEP. She goes above and beyond to make sure that my child has everything that he needs to be successful. She works in unison with his regular classroom teachers and is always a great liaison between myself and the regular staff. I have received several calls from her on the weekends and after hours when it's time to pull our IEP meetings together. She always asks me what I feel he needs or could benefit from. She always puts the children first and is a beautiful mentor for all that cross her path. I feel she deserves this nomination because she always puts the children's educational needs first and always has an open door policy for the parents.
Congratulations to Steffanie Barnes!
Every week during the school year WITN will recognize a Teacher of the Week on WITN News at Sunrise.
The winner receives a plaque and $100 Walmart gift card.
To nominate your teacher, email TOTW@witn.com.