WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Codi James of Creekside Elementary School

WINTERVILLE, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for November 1 is Codi James of Creekside Elementary School in Pitt County.

James is in her fifth year teaching second grade at Creekside. She graduated from ECU in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education.

James says she loves teaching second grade to see students begin to transition into independent learners while still enjoying being a child.

James writes, “Our classroom runs like a family; we not only learn together, we cry together, smile together, yell together, laugh together, and most importantly love each other. My happiest of teacher moments come when I see my students succeed, not only academically but personally as well.”

James received a nomination that included praise from both a student and her parent.

The student wrote: “I nominate Codi James because she is very good with kids and she is nice. She will love you no matter how you look or how your personality is. Also, however you treat her is how she treat you. She will be your best friend for life if you will be hers. Instead of doing a boring old worksheet She does LOTS of games instead that help you learn more than you would on a worksheet. She is more than a teacher to me. She is a friend. I promise you will have the best year ever in her classroom.”

The parent who nominated James wrote: “As a mother, Codi took the extra time for students who had less. She taught the kids not to see any social status or ethnic background. They were all a team from that year on. My daughter, Vivi will still go and visit with her each morning to get some Ms. James hugs. She got to know each students’ family and knew them by name. When we see her out, she hugs on all of us like we have been family forever. We have been blessed by Codi James at the Creek!”

Congratulations to Codi James!

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.