WITN’S Teacher of the Week: Bill Gore from Washington High School

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for February 13 is Bill Gore from Washington High School in Beaufort County.

Gore teaches French at Washington High School, as he has for the past 27 years--his entire career has been doing just that. Gore says his mother is in her 54th year of education working as an adjunct professor at ECU. He graduated from East Carolina University in 1990 after double majoring in Geography and French.

“I would not be the teacher I am today were it not for the outstanding administration and staff at Washington High School,” Gore writes. “We have always been a tight-knit group of skilled educators who work for our students every day.”

Gore says he became interested in languages as a child as a result of his father learning to speak Chinese while in the Air Force.

“I enjoy taking my students on a journey in which they learn to converse in French, understand French, make presentations in French and compare their way of life with lifestyles in French-speaking places around the world. I have organized ten trips to Europe for WHS students. I love working as the public address announcer for all the Pam Pack home football games. The school affectionately calls me the ‘Voice of the Pam Pack.’ I enjoy being the faculty adviser for Washington High School’s Stunt Night, a theatrical competition between grade levels that is in its 55th year. This student-directed show raises thousands of dollars each year for scholarships for Washington High School seniors who wish to attend college. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife and two daughters. They inspire me to be the best I can be every day.”

The person who nominated Gore wrote: “Mr. Gore is a phenomenal teacher who takes pride in making learning fun even at the high school level. He recognizes the different learning styles and builds his class structure around this. He utilizes humor to keep students both engaged and interested and treats all students equally. Learning a second language can be a challenge but Mr. Gore presents materials in a meaningful way so that students retain information and master curriculum content. From personal experience, my 10th grader has never taken a second language during his academic journey. However, he has learned to speak French in one semester and is excited to take French throughout his high school years. He can hold more than a basic conversation and has acquired a great deal of functional French. We hear Mr. Gore stories daily, which may be in the form of a joke or the way he presented a topic. The meaning behind it always positive and keeping students interested in his class. It is not very often that a 15 year old boy will express his love for a school subject. Mr. Gore has exceeded our expectations for a high school teacher and exemplifies what a teacher of the week should be. In our opinion he is indeed teacher of the week on a regular basis.”

Congratulations, Mr. Gore!

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.