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Sun Valley Elementary Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Starnes, SVES Teacher of the Year, pictured with her Kindergarten students.

The faculty and staff members of Sun Valley Elementary School are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Julia Starnes, kindergarten teacher, was named Teacher of the Year on October 17, 2012. Mrs. Starnes is an eleven year veteran who has thus far spent her career teaching at the kindergarten level. Although there have been changes in education over her career span, Mrs. Starnes states that the implementation of Common Core proves to be most exciting. She notes that as a result of the new standards, teachers have the ability to instruct students to the level of mastery. " Before Common Core, teachers covered multiple topics at surface level, but now they have fewer standards and can go deeper until the students achieve mastery." Mrs. Starnes greatest joy is the students. She loves watching the them enter her room and grow in all areas.

A native of Union County, Mrs. Starnes, is a graduate of Sun Valley High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Master’s Degree from Wingate University. She is married and has one daughter, a second grader, at Sun Valley Elementary.

Written by: Suzy Robbins
Posted: Oct 26, 2012 by Suzy Robbins

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