WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Amy Burke of LaGrange Elementary School

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for December 19 is Amy Burke of LaGrange Elementary School in Lenoir County.

Burke has been teaching for 27 years, most of those teaching fourth graders. “Fourth graders are awesome,” she writes. “They still love to give hugs, have big hearts, and are eager to learn.”

Burke was part of the first group of North Carolina Teaching Fellows and received her teaching degree at East Carolina University. She later obtained my Master's Degree and National Board Certification.

“I grew up playing school with my sister and friends,” Burke writes. “As Harvey Mackay said, ‘Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life.’”

Burke says her favorite subject to teach is math and she strives to make math real for her students. “We use math to plan trips, design a new playground for our school, and buy materials for our school and classroom. I show the same amount of enthusiasm for math that I want to see from my students, and this makes them more willing to learn,” Burke writes. “I believe the most important job I have as a teacher is giving my students a safe, loving place to connect with their peers, the curriculum, and me. In doing so, my students show lots of engagement in learning, behave better, and succeed academically, too. This makes the classroom a happier place for everyone.”

The parent who nominated Burke wrote: “My son has struggled with school since kindergarten; last year he was on anxiety and ADHD meds. This year he has had no medication and is doing better than ever thanks to his awesome teacher and support staff. Mrs. Burke is very dedicated to her students and the school. She truly makes sure that no child is left behind...even the ones that need extra help.”

Congratulations Mrs. Burke!

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.