WITN's Teacher Of The Week: Stephanie Harrell of Lenoir County

WITN's Teacher of the Week for Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 is Stephanie Harrell from Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Kinston.

Harrell is currently a 6th-8th grade math teacher.

She has worked with Contentnea-Savannah since its inception in 2009 and at its predecessor, Savannah Middle School since 2007. During her time at Contentnea-Savannah, Stephanie has taught both science and math in grades six through eight. She have served as a member of the School Improvement Team, STEM Committee, PowerSchool Trainer, grade level chair and Co-Chair of the Positive Behavioral and Intervention Strategies (PBIS) committee

Before working in Lenoir County, Stephanie taught in several school districts in Florida. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and algebra at PK Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida in Gainesville. During her time at PK Yonge, Stephanie served as grade level chair and member of the Curriculum Leadership Team. At Elizabeth Cobb Middle School in Tallahassee, FL, Stephanie taught math and science in sixth through eighth grades and served as the Enrollment Coordinator for the Science and Technology Magnet Program and Odyssey of the Mind Coach. Before this, she worked at the Florida State University School DRS, Florida High at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She taught high school mathematics courses in a fully integrated pilot environment along with other core subjects and hospitality career module.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Math and Science from East Carolina University in 1999 and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teacher Leadership for School improvement from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2009. Stephanie is currently holds her NC Teaching License in Mathematics (6-8) and Science (6-8). She is also currently a National Board Certification candidate.

Stephanie has presented at the National Middle School Conference in Nashville, TN, Houston, TX, and Denver, CO. Her presentations included how to motivate middle school students and reading in the content area of math and science. Stephanie has also presented her research projects at the University of Florida Inquiry Showcase for two years. She is currently working to become a trainer for the North Carolina PBIS Programs for the Department of Public Instruction.

The person who nominated her wrote: "I have had the honor of having Mrs. Harrell teach two of my children. Not only is she an excellent educator but she is also a person of great integrity. She stands up and speaks out on a number of issues that affect our children. She is an advocate for helping her students academically and personally and she does so with great compassion. She loves her job and it is evident she does it from her heart. She also listens to parents and their concerns with an open mind and heart and follows up on issues to ensure the well-being of her students. She is also a great leader and humanitarian. She sets a great standard for her students and encourages them not to just be successful in school but to also be good and kind citizens."