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Mrs. Atwell is Shiloh’s Teacher of the Year!
Let’s learn about 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Atwell…
Where did you grow up? I was born in Burlington, NC, however, I did not grow up there. My dad was in the Army so I was fortunate enough to live and attend schools in many different places. I have lived in Alabama, New York, Texas, Germany, Colorado, and of course, North Carolina!
How many years have you worked in education? This is my 11th year teaching.
How long have you been at Shiloh? This is my 4th year at Shiloh.
What led you to work in education? I have always loved children! When I was younger I was the child that played with the little kids. As I got older, I became a certified babysitter through the Red Cross and babysitting became my job through high school. During my junior year of high school I had a US history teacher, Mr. Miles, that used teaching methods I had never encountered before. He staged arguments with other teachers to show us how eyewitness accounts are not always accurate. The classroom became a game board and we moved around the room as we answered questions. Our tests weren’t paper and pencil; we had projects and scavenger hunts to complete. We “bought” stock on the stock market. I was amazed at how much fun I was having, and I was learning about US History! I knew then that I wanted to do the same thing! I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to make learning fun. I wanted to be just like Mr. Miles!
Who was your favorite teacher? Learning begins at home! For me, my favorite teacher as a child was my grandmother! She was full of spirit and excitement. She loved to tell stories of her travels and how things had changed since she was a child. Most importantly, she taught me to be myself and to not be afraid to travel the unbeaten path. She lived her life to the fullest and forged her own path. She passed away a year and a half ago and I miss her dearly!
Describe a favorite memory of a class, student, event at school, etc. (while working in a school) that you are willing to share. There are so many wonderful memories that I have made over the past 11 years! The one that sticks out to me the most, though, is my very first class! I had a class of 24 second graders my very first year of teaching in the 2001-2002 school year. They were a group with very diverse academic, social, and emotional needs, but they all came together and created this wonderful learning community. It was an amazing, but difficult, year of growth and learning for them, and for me! I think about the kids that made up that class often, and wonder what they are up to. They were a very special group that helped shape the teacher that I am today.
What you like to do when you are not at school? When I am not at school I spend time with my family! I have two boys, so I spend quite a bit of time at sporting events! My boys both play soccer so most weekends you can find me on the soccer field. My daughter is a cheerleader and I also spend a lot of time at the gym and cheer competitions. I really like to watch the Carolina Panthers play. This time of year we drive up to Boone to watch my beloved Mountaineers at Appalachian State (although they are not very good this year)! My family likes to travel, so when we get a chance we head down to the beach or up to the mountains. I also like to visit Atlanta and go to the Georgia Aquarium and zoo. If I have a moment to myself, I love to read or listen to music.
Is there any motto or slogan that you live by? “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
Congratulations to Mrs. Atwell!
Written by: Scott Spencer, Principal
Posted: Oct 20, 2014 by Mark Greene