PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for April 10 is Christina King of Ridgewood Elementary School in Pitt County.
King has been teaching in day cares, middle school, private school and elementary schools for 17 years. She now teaches at Ridgewood in Winterville. Originally from Ohio, King is a single mom of “two fun, awesome sons” whom she loves to spend time with playing sports or serving children through their church. King has gone on mission trips to Africa and the Dominican Republic. She says she has loved working with kids all over the world.
“I am so blessed to have worked with such amazing kids, parents and staff over the years - creating lifelong friendships and incredible memories,” King writes. “Working with kids is an adventure! I love being part of their learning journey and setting the stage for a successful future; which is why I love being a kindergarten teacher. That first impression is crucial for cultivating their love of learning. I love the growth I see in kindergarten and seeing their confidence rise as they learn to read and write! In my classroom, we do a superhero pose each morning, I teach them to stand tall and believe in themselves. My students know I have high expectations, but they also know they are loved and that I enjoy time with them being silly, breaking out in song and dance or just talking with them at lunch. I want my students to know they are wonderfully made, valued and that I believe in them. I believe every kid can be taught and blossom in their own special way.”
King received multiple nominations, including this one from a parent: “Ms. King is one of those teachers that every parent wants their child to encounter. She is patient, she loves her students and is excited for each of their accomplishments no matter how big or small because she knows how hard they had to work to achieve it. We feel blessed to have met her and even more so that our son's entrance into school started with her. We are so appreciative of the initiative that she's taken to create different strategies to help our son who has some ‘extra special needs.’ Her love and acceptance of our son is a welcomed change from rejection and isolation we often face.”
Congratulations, Ms. King!
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.