WITN’S Teachers of the Week: Mrs. Austin Andrews and Mr. Blake Johnson of Washington Montessori Public Charter School

Published: May. 23, 2018 at 7:47 AM EDT
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WITN's Teachers of the Week for May 23 is Mrs. Austin Andrews and Mr. Blake Johnson of Washington Montessori Public Charter School in Beaufort County.

Andrews and Johnson are co-teachers, meaning they split the lessons they give to their 28 fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

Andrews is in her sixth year teaching Upper Elementary at Washington Montessori. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as an event planner. Her favorite things about teaching are seeing the creativity children put forth and knowing that she will learn something each day from her students. She lives in Bath with her husband and two young boys.

Johnson is an Upper Elementary teacher at Washington Montessori. He has been teaching at WMPCS for 5 years. His favorite things about teaching are that no two days are the same, and teaching each child is unique with never just one way to accomplish learning. Originally from Lucama, NC, he credits everything he has learned about teaching from his former teachers, parents, and students each and every day.

A group of students nominated the two teachers together. They wrote a lengthy letter, which is shared in its entirety below. One highlight about Andrews that stood out was the following: “She gives us treats that are related to what we study. Like in science, we’ve made edible experiments like Jello cells and candy models of DNA and the respiratory system. For history, when we studied Easter Island, we made a Rice Krispie treat sculpture of the rock statues on the island.”

About Johnson, the students wrote: “When we were studying rockets, we made our own rockets out of water bottles and launched them using rubbing alcohol as fuel. When we were studying volcanoes, we made our own volcanoes by putting Mentos in bottles of soda and studied the building up of pressure by putting the cap back on the bottle and watching what happened. This lets us have fun and also helps us to further understand the subject we are studying.”

Congratulations Austin Andrews and Blake Johnson!

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

Full nomination letter for Andrews and Johnson