DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for February 27 is Robin Mewborn from Kenansville Elementary School in Duplin County.
Mewborn teaches first grade at Kenansville Elementary, the same elementary school she attended as a child. This is her 13th year teaching, and she has taught first and second grades. Mewborn graduated from Campbell University in 2006 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. In 2011, she earned her Masters of Library Science from East Carolina. She is currently seeking her National Boards in Early Childhood.
Mewborn is married to a farmer, and they have three children.
Mewborn says she tries to promote agriculture in most of her subjects since Duplin County is a large farming community. “In the past 5 years, I have written 16 grants mainly through Bright Ideas and Farm Bureau, totally about $11,000 in classroom resources,” Mewborn says. “We plant a raised bed garden each spring, have a Market and Farm center, hatch chicks, and design using STEM and LEGO Stations.”
Mewborn also teaches her students about economics each year. The students set up a lemonade stand on the playground to raise money for Childhood Cancer Awareness. Mewborn’s four-year--old daughter, Layla, passed away in 2016 due from brain cancer. She would have started kindergarten this year.
The parent who nominated Mewborn describes her as a “sweet loving caring teacher. Makensie does love her. She has helped Makensie is so many ways this year. Mrs. Mewborn last her oldest child to childhood cancer two years ago on her 4th birthday. She has had a rough past couple of years. But, she always goes and does for her community and children’s hospital, especially Duke, to help other children with cancer. She has a heart of gold! In all and all she is a wonderful teacher.”
Congratulations, Mrs. Mewborn!
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.