WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Amanda Smith of Eastern Elementary School

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for October 3 is Amanda Smith of Eastern Elementary School of Greenville in Pitt County.

Smith is from Jamestown, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Slippery Rock University in 2014. Her teaching career began at South Greenville Elementary, where she taught second grade for two years. She currently teaches second grade at Eastern Elementary.

“I have a huge heart for missions and travel to South Africa to love on God's children,” Smith writes. “I love teaching and know that this is exactly where God has called me.”

The person who nominated Smith wrote, “She goes above and beyond to really get to know each student in her class by asking about their life outside of class. Always present at her students, current and past, extracurricular activities. When my daughter sees her outside of school, she will come up and hug her and ask her how her day is going. Ms. Smith is also is a part of a group called Backyard Mission and helps raise money and send people to Africa for their mission trips. She went last summer herself and was able to share and educate her students about her experiences that are outside of a textbook. I have the utmost respect for her, for she is a phenomenal person with a heart of gold.”

Congratulations Ms. Smith!

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.

To nominate your teacher, email TOTW@witn.com.