LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for May 2 is Helen Lewis of Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County.
Lewis graduated from East Carolina University in 1996 and has been teaching for almost 22 years. She has taught in kindergarten, first, second and third grades. Lewis has devoted 21 years of service in Lenoir County Public Schools, with one year of employment in Craven County Public Schools.
Lewis says she knew from an early age that she wanted to make her own mark on the world of education. “I was a good student in all areas in school,” Lewis writes. “I enjoyed the recognition my teachers gave me, but the attention my teachers gave to those in need of extra practice was something I noted. It was their giving attitudes and humility that inspired me to set out to help children learn and appreciate learning.”
Lewis says her favorite part of the job is seeing the progress children make, especially in reading. “I love to teach children how to read because reading is the foundation of all the other subjects” Lewis writes. “Although the responsibility is great, the reward is greater. I truly believe that the parents are a child’s first teachers. I am not a child’s first teacher, but I have made my mark on the lives of many through this service career; I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The person who nominated Lewis wrote extensively about how Lewis push for evaluations to see why he was learning differently. After much work, the child was diagnosed with a learning disability, a diagnosis that will ultimately help the child. She wrote, “Because of this teacher he will not be a statistic. What could have happened to my child had she not seen something? So many children today are lost in the cracks of society, and I feel a lot are lost in the early years. I had and continue to have a crusader on the side of my child, a champion for him. Never once has she made him feel out of place or alone in his struggles in school. Never once gave up on him.”
Congratulations Helen Lewis!
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.