HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for April 11 is Cheri Smith Tate of Mattamuskeet Elementary School in Hyde County.
Tate is in her second year of teaching Pre-Kindergarten. She has worked in education for more than 30 years, both in North Carolina and New York, as a substitute teacher and special education aide. She’s also worked with the hospital in the mental health unit working with children and teens and as a private contractor with the special education population.
Tate writes, “Going back to college and getting my teaching degree has been very fulfilling, even at a later stage in life. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University Mount Olive with a BS in Early Childhood Education. My goal is to teach children from an early age to love learning, exploring, and growing. I believe if a child can learn joyfully these lessons will last a lifetime. Once a child learns to love education and looks forward to new experiences with positivity and enthusiasm the whole world opens up.”
The parent who nominated Tate wrote: “She goes above and beyond daily to provide a positive and energetic atmosphere for her students. She encourages each child to do their best and always provides positive feedback! Mrs. Tate purchases special equipment and supplies out of her own pocket for her classroom, and you never hear her complain. Mrs. Tate loves each and every one of her students as her own.”
Congratulations Cheri Smith Tate!
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.