NEW BERN, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for Janary 3 is Jessica Rokosz of Bangert Elementary in New Bern.
Rokosz is a 3rd grade teacher in her fourth year of teaching.
Rokosz grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She says, “It was immediately after graduation that the small town of New Bern and Craven County Schools stole my heart.
“I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher. I used to play ‘school’ with my younger brother as my first student. What I love about being a teacher is knowing that I am making a difference for so many children. I not only love seeing them learn new things, but I love the relationships and connections I form with my students and their families. Teaching leaves my heart full each and every day. It is an amazing feeling knowing that so many students count on me. I could not see myself doing anything else!"
The person who nominated Ms. Rokosz wrote,“Although my children have been blessed to have good teachers during their time at Bangert, Ms. Rokosz has exceeded my expectations as a teacher. We ha ve had the pleasure of having Ms. Rokosz as the teacher of both of my school age boys. My oldest son, after the redistricting of the schools, attended Bangert in the third grade. He encountered many troubles at his prior school and had difficulty excelling in the classroom due to his behavior. Upon entering Ms. Rokosz's class, she welcomed him with open arms, resulting in him turning his behavior around and becoming a Principal List and Honor Roll student. His troubles lessened, and even though he is not in her classroom anymore, he is still in her heart as she checks on him often and allows him to visit her classroom and her home. During the summer, she even picks him up and‘spoils’ him throughout the day to give him a break from the boredom of summer camp. We were blessed and pleased to find out that my youngest son received Ms.Rokosz this year for third grade. Just as she has invested in my oldest, she has done the same or even more for my second son. Although my oldest son needed more help with his behavior, my younger son needed more help with his academics, and she has been of great assistance to him. He started out very rocky and rough in the beginning of the year but now has made the honor roll. I am so overjoyed and proud of my son but more pleased with the efforts of his teacher and her concern for my kids. As my youngest son said in our Facebook tribute to her,‘Ms. Rokosz is the best teacher in the third grade’. Although I am nominating Ms. Rokosz for teacher of the week, she is teacher of the year in our book.”
Congratulations Ms. Rokosz!
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.