MARTIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for May 9 is Patricia Griffin at Jamesville Elementary in Martin County.
Griffin grew up in a tenant farming family in Martin County, the first person in her family to graduate from college. She received her teaching degree in 1989 and her Master’s degree in 1995, both from ECU. She started teaching for Martin County Schools in 1990 as a special education teacher. Griffin has taught in every elementary school in the county except one. She is an exceptional children teacher at Jamesville Elementary.
Griffin is married and has twins who were born at 28-weeks in 1997. She says Eddie and John have had their share of obstacles, but they have overcome many of those to become awesome young men. Her boys have been her inspiration in the classroom.
“I am told that I am a mother hen at school,” Griffin writes. “I like to think so. I want to treat my students like I would want someone to treat my sons.”
The parent who nominated Mrs. Griffin wrote: “She has been one of my son's teachers for three years. The patience she has is unreal. Mrs. Griffin helps her students in a way not many teachers do. She is our angel, and she encourages her students to try their best everyday. I cannot thank her enough for the outpouring love she shows her students everyday. Mrs.Griffin deserves to be recognized as she goes above and beyond for not just one student, but for all her babies.”
Congratulations Patricia Griffin!
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.