WITN's Teacher of the Week: Erin Lembke of Havelock High School

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - WITN's Teacher of the Week for October 10 is Erin Lembke of Havelock High School in Craven County.

Lembke is beginning her sixth year of teaching. She grew up in Raleigh and graduated from ECU as a College of Education Noyce Scholar with a B.A. in General Chemistry and a B.S. in Science Education. She student taught at Havelock High School and was offered a job to continue. She teaches Honors Chemistry and Biology and is an National Honor Society adviser. Her husband is an oceanographic surveyor, and they have a 2 year old named Graham.

A former student of Lembke wrote this lengthy and thoughtful nomination for her: “I was a senior in her honors chemistry class this past spring. Her honors class was more academically rigorous than some AP classes I've taken. This goes to show how in depth she teaches, constantly teaching us more than the curriculum required us to know and it was only for our benefit. I've been in college chemistry for three weeks now, and haven't come across any new topics due to her extensive lessons. Mrs. Lembke is one of the few teachers who genuinely modeled her classroom off of a college environment. Her class was mainly a lecture with practice problems at the end. She stressed the importance of working in groups and relying on classmates instead of directly coming to her for help. This truly reflects the college setting that I've come to know. While she stressed collaboration, she's always there to help and to try to explain any concept in a multitude of ways. The expectations that she sets for her students are incredibly high, and they truly push her students to perform at their very best. This is partly due to the relationships she creates with every student she meets. She always makes references that students understand, and makes up silly ways for us to remember concepts by using pop culture and my generations form of humor. Mrs. Lembke is also a teacher than genuinely cares about her students. She'll ask about your life and how your day's going, she'll learn your type of humor, and joke with her students (she can even laugh at herself when someone makes a joke). Through these simple gestures, she truly creates personal relationships with every student. While the relationships she forms with her students make her stand out, she's also incredibly involved within the school. She is a co-advisor of the National Honor Society, she was handpicked to go to multiple professional development events, she's working alongside the librarian with new technologies, and she was chosen to pick up students in the morning who had missed the school bus. On top of this, Mrs. Lembke acts as a guidance counselor. She was the most influential person to help me pick my major, knowing that it would be the one that would benefit me the most. Mrs. Lembke is a one of a kind teacher. She prepares her kids for the real world, and makes sure they know what the world outside of high school expects of them. She fully prepared me and I know that any student that she teaches will be prepared in the exact same ways. Watch out for what she will accomplish, because knowing her, it'll be great. If any teacher deserves to be teacher of the week, she has my vote every week of the year.”

Congratulations Mrs. Lembke!

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.