WITN’s Teacher of the Week for May 1 is Melissa Clinkscales of Bath Elementary in Beaufort County.
Clinkscales received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Meredith College in 2002. Upon graduation, she taught First Grade in Wake County for five years before returning home to work in Beaufort County. She began teaching for Beaufort County Schools at Chocowinity Primary where I taught for six years in Third and First Grade. Then, she received the unique opportunity to transfer to Bath Elementary and teach Second Grade in the very same classroom she attended Second Grade. She is currently in her sixth year at Bath Elementary and says, “I am blessed to work at a job I love in the community I love. My husband, Mark, and I are very thankful to raise our two sons, Carson and Reed, in Bath.”
“I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl playing ‘school’ with my childhood friends and truly believe that I am where I am meant to be when I am in a classroom in front of my children,” Clinkscales writes. “I wouldn’t be the teacher I am today without the wonderful educators that I work with currently and those that have modeled great teaching for me over the years.”
“I work hard to create engaging and meaningful experiences in my classroom to instill a lifelong love of learning in my students,” she writes. “I love to transform my classroom to correlate with a new unit of study or provide my students with fun opportunities to review material we have covered. My team and I have worked together to transform our rooms to depict the American West to begin a Social Studies unit, a hospital operating room to introduce a study of the human body, provided glow in the dark games to review math objectives, and other fun experiences. James Comer’s quote, ‘No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship,’ is my motto. In addition to learning academics, I want my students to leave my class at the end of the year knowing that they are loved and valued and can accomplish great things with their lives.”
The student who nominated Mrs. Clinkscales wrote: “I want Mrs. Clinkscales to be teacher of the week because she laughs and dances. She lets us do fun worksheets and buys us presents for the classroom, games, cardboard folders so we wouldn’t have to use our binders as cover sheets. She lets us have our own seats at lunch. She is funny, nice, kind. She makes fun lessons. She makes fun specials. She is like our mom, she treats us like her kids. She makes me want to learn because she makes it fun. She wants us to get a good education. She lets us have fun and listen to music and she is pretty, she has a good smile..if she smiles in the morning that means we are going to have a good day. She is the best teacher ever!!! She should be teacher of the week!”
Congratulations, Mrs. Clinkscales!
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 a $100 Walmart gift card.