WITN's Teacher of the Week: Kelly Everett from Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary

Published: Sep. 25, 2019 at 7:33 AM EDT
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WITN's Teacher of the Week for September 25 is Kelly Everett from Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary in Craven County.

Everett graduated from ECU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education in 2002. Since then, she has taught special education for 17 years.

Her first three years were spent teaching at Graham A. Barden, followed by 15 years at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary. She is currently in her 18th year of teaching.

Throughout her career, Everett has taught children with severe disabilities in adaptive setting classes, preschool classes for children with disabilities and children with disabilities in the general education curriculum. She serves students in inclusion, resource and separate settings.

Everett says her number one role as a special education teacher is to serve as an advocate and a voice for her students and their families. She said, “I want to ensure my students needs are being met and they are being provided with the opportunity to receive a free and appropriate public education in their least restrictive environment. I believe all children are capable of success and have their own genius within. It is our job as the adults and educators in their lives to help them unlock their talents.”

The person who nominated Everett wrote: “I would like to nominate Mrs. Kelly Everett for WITN teacher of the week. Kelly is an Exceptional Children’s inclusion and resource teacher at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School.

Kelly is a fierce advocate for every child she serves. As an educator myself, I have never worked with anyone more committed to doing everything she can to meet the needs of every student than she is.

I have also worked closely with her as one of my son’s teachers. She is also one of his biggest cheerleaders. She even came to visit him in the hospital while he was there this summer. The LEGO sets she brought made his day!

She goes above and beyond to ensure that IEP goals are current and practical. She works with regular education teachers to help them make modifications and accommodations for students in the classroom. She collects and uses data effectively to keep students growing and does not allow them to grow stagnant.

We are grateful to have Ms. Kelly in our lives. She is extremely deserving of this honor."

Congratulations, Mrs. Everett!

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.