WITN’S Teacher of the Week: J’celyn Bryson of Ayden-Grifton High School

Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 7:23 AM EDT
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WITN's Teacher of the Week for April 3 is J’celyn Bryson of Ayden-Grifton High School.

Bryson is in her third year of teaching. She graduated from Old Dominion University and is currently working on her Masters degree. Bryson’s teaching career began in Virginia Beach, but she has been at Ayden-Grifton High School for the past two years.

“Working with students who have special needs is where my heart is,” Bryson writes. “I believe my most important job as a high school special education teacher is to help my students achieve their individual goals as well as teach them the skills they will need to be independent after graduation.”

In her free time, Bryson says she loves spending time with her husband and two children, who are ages 4 and 9 months.

The person who nominated Bryson wrote: “Since Mrs Bryson has been at Ayden-Grifton High School she has made a great impact with our kids both in our classroom as well as the other students in the building. She comes to work each and everyday with a huge smile ready to make a difference in our kids lives no matter what she has going on. I’ve seen our kids smile and grow so much since she’s been with us! Their love for school has also grown since she’s been with us. Mrs Bryson is great at helping each one of our kids feel loved, important, and capable of doing things they didn’t even realize they could do. She loves them all regardless of their special needs. Special education is definitely her calling as she knows how to ensure that each one of our kids feel loved and making sure that they gain the necessary skills they will need in this great big world to succeed when they graduate from high school! Not only does she do this for our 11 students in our classroom but she also mentors and support other students in the school. They know that she is there for them and that they can come to her for anything and she’ll do whatever needs to be done to help them! Mrs Bryson doesn’t even know how much she inspires me as her assistant to complete my schooling and to one day be the lead teacher in my own special education classroom! She has taught me so much about myself as a teacher and how to love our students even more than I already do in the 2 years she’s been in our classroom! J’celyn Bryson is so deserving of this acknowledgement plus more! I’m sure she’ll cry, she’s good at making me cry when she cries. She is definitely the glue to not only our classroom but also to our school, we’re so glad she chose to come to Ayden-Grifton High School to make a difference!”

Congratulations, Mrs. Bryson!

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