WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Ashley Piner of Chocowinity Primary

CHOCOWINITY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for January 17 is Ashley Piner of Chocowinity Primary in Beaufort County.

Piner, who recently got married, teaches kindergarten. She is in her 11th year of teaching. Since graduating from East Carolina University, Piner has taught kindergarten, first and second grades, and has worked in Greene, Pitt and Beaufort counties.

In addition toteaching,Piner has served as grade level chair, mentor and worked on numerous committees. She has also been a clinical teacher for Beaufort Community College to help students learn to be successful in the classroom.

“I tried to make my classroom fun and inviting,” Piner writes. “It is my job to make students excited about learning. I like to provide my students with experiences through hands-on learning and classroom transformations. It’s more important tome to teach my students to be kind and caring and support one another. It brings joy to my heart to see the growth that my students make and all areas over the course of a few months. Our school's motto is ‘Great Happens Here,’and I do my best to make great happen for my students every day.”

The person who nominated Piner wrote: “Not only is she an awesome person but she's definitely doing the job she loves. Each year she goes out of her way to make her class feel very welcoming to all the new students. Anything she can do to make it easy on these first time students, she does! She will go out of her way to make it easy on them trying to get use to the fact they are now in school. She shows each and everyone one of them love. She sees no difference in any of them.”

Congratulations to Ashley Piner!

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.