WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Walter Upthegrove of Pink Hill Elementary

Published: Jun. 5, 2019 at 6:43 AM EDT
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WITN's Teacher of the Week for June 5 is Walter Upthegrove of Pink Hill Elementary in Lenoir County.

Upthegrove began his career sixteen years ago at Pink Hill Elementary School as a teacher assistant. During those first two years, he completed his Bachelor’s degree to become a teacher. He taught fifth grade the first year as a teacher, then moved to fourth grade where he has continued to teach ever since. He currently teaches math and science.

“I love working with children in the fourth grade, because it is a difficult transition year for the students” Upthegrove writes. “They have to improve organizationational skills and take responsibility for their learning. It is a real pleasure to observe them change as they mature during the school year!”

The parent who nominated Upthegrove wrote: “His work, patience, and dedication to all the students is remarkable. My son attends his class, he struggles with ADHD and mild autism. The dedication Mr. U has with not only all students but special needs students is incredibly inspiring. As a parent of a special-needs child I've had to educate and learn ways to communicate with my child both at home and in the education system. Not every teacher is well equipped as others but as for his teacher, his patience, dedication and compassion are impeccable.”

Congratulations, Mr. Upthegrove!

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 $100 Walmart gift card. ​

This is the final Teacher of the Week award for the 2018-2019 school year. We look forward to honoring more teachers when the new school year begins in August!