Anita Cutler from Washington High School is WITN's first Teacher of the Week for the 2013-2014 school year.
A graduate of Washington High School, Cutler then graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Science degree in English. Cutler began her teaching career with Beaufort County Schools in 1990 at Chocowinity High School, which later became Southside High School. She then transferred to Washington High School in 2003, where she is the English department chair, Teacher Cadet Coordinator, Varsity Cheerleading Coach and Senior Class Lead Advisor. Cutler has served on several committees and teams to help develop curriculum, implement new school initiatives and create community outreach program for students.
She was chosen as Washington High School's teacher of the year for 2010-2011 school years.
She usually teaches junior and senior English, but depending on need, she also teaches a freshman class. She teaches the senior AP Literature course, and she also works with seniors on their Graduation Project.
"One of the most fun classes I teach is Teacher Cadet," Cutler said. "It is a course designed to recruit young people into the teaching profession. These students are assigned to local classrooms where they act as a teacher in training; helping with individual tutoring, whole group lessons, and any other duties a teacher may need."
Cutler received several nominations for Teacher of the Week. One person who nominated her wrote: "Ms. Cutler is dedicated to her students and has a big impact on Washington High School. From the classroom to cheerleading, her leadership is important. She goes out of her way to help her students succeed and spends countless hours supporting the school and its efforts."