This week's WITN Teacher of the Week is Teresa Patti, who teaches first grade at Pungo Christian Academy.
Patti is native of Washington, N.C. and attended ECU. She graduated from ECU with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations. She worked with United Cerebral Palsy in Greenville for several years, taught briefly with Northwoods Collegiate School in Martin County, and now teaches at Pungo Christian Academy in Belhaven. She has taught First Grade at PCA for 14 years. She also works part time at Brown Library in Washington. Patti is the mother of two college students, both graduates of PCA.
The person who nominated her said, “As a fellow teacher, she is someone that I look up to and someone that I aspire to be like. She has such a compassionate soul. She is always there to give a child a hug or listen to their problems. Miss Patti can also be incredibly firm in her classroom rules. Those kids know exactly what to do and how to act. They are appropriately redirected when they do wrong. She has such a great combination of firmness and compassion… My kids have thrived on her structure and general love of children and the profession. As a coworker, she constantly encourages her fellow teachers. She leaves us messages in our mailboxes or sends us an email. Miss Patti is one of my favorite people to see every day.”