WILSON COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for November 6 is Abbie McKeel from Greenfield School.
McKeel began her teaching career after graduating from Meredith College with a degree in mathematics and licensure to teach kindergarten through sixth grade.
The first 11 years of her teaching career were spent at Carver Elementary School in Wake County teaching third and fifth grades. She moved back to her hometown of Wilson with her husband and two children six years ago and has been teaching fourth grade at Greenfield School ever since.
McKeel says she loves her job because “everyday is always different and presents itself with interesting challenges.”
The person who nominated McKeel wrote: “I would like to nominate Abbie McKeel from Greenfield School for the WITN teacher of the week. She has taught all three of my children and is an amazing teacher. My daughter is currently in her 4th grade class. Ms. McKeel has the innate ability to make things just come alive in the classroom. She is lovingly strict and keeps all the kids on task and working hard. She teaches grammar in a fun way with a daily "Caught ya!" challenge where students try and find all of the errors in a sentence on the board. While they are reading the BFG aloud in class, she might mix up a batch of "frobscottle" for the class to enjoy. She actively seeks out cross curricular activities such as building a fire extinguisher in science that was described in a book they were reading in class. She also arranged for our entire school to be transported back in time by arranging a full day with Camp Flintlock to come and do activities like candle dipping and dressing up in period dress. She bravely takes all of the children to the state fair every year and shows them animal adaptations and variation of traits in person. (They also have a blast watching the pigs race!) She is very caring and even drove over an hour to support my middle daughter in an oratorical contest two years ago. Abbie McKeel is everything that anyone could hope for their child's teacher to be.”
Congratulations, Mrs. McKeel!
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 gift card for school supplies.