This week's WITN Teacher of the Week is Gloria Finch, a kindergarten teacher at Northeast Elementary School in Kinston.
Working in the Lenoir County Public School system since 2000, Finch was a teacher assistant and bus driver for 15 years before going back to college to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.
In 2015, Finch started working as a kindergarten teacher, helping young children develop skills like reading and writing. She says the most rewarding part of the job is seeing children grow, whether that's writing their name for the first time or recognizing letters and sounds.
Finch says teaching is not only her job, but her purpose in life.
The person who nominated her wrote: "She is a hardworking and dedicated to her students. Her class raised the most money out of the school and won a pizza party. She should be recognized for the great work she does for her school and students."