Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Mrs. Patty Barlow of J.R. Ingram, Jr. Elementary School, where she was recently recognized as the school’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Barlow is a first-grade teacher — though she first came to Ingram as a teacher assistant — and has been a part of the Ingram family for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received her teaching license from what is now St. Andrews University and also holds a local AIG Certification.
Mrs. Barlow’s teaching philosophy begins with having high standards for her students, both academically and behaviorally. “Creating learning environments conducive to making students think for themselves, feel safe and cared for is a teacher’s responsibility before those expectations. Learning is innate, but teaching methods, expectations and environment must be adapted to reach each student.”
Colleagues of Mrs. Barlow say that she is not afraid to try new things and is very tech savvy and hands-on, especially in the area of science. In her Teacher of the Year bio, her peers say that “Mrs. Barlow is always willing to share her lessons and help others in preparation of teaching the lessons. She is a teacher who believes lessons are best taught through using not only your brain, but, most importantly, your hands.” They went on to say that they are very fortunate to have Mrs. Barlow on their team and that her students are very blessed to have her as a teacher.
Her students will tell you that Mrs. Barlow is “smart, sweet, cute, funny and clever.” When asked to explain how Mrs. Barlow is clever, a student said, “when there’s a problem, she fixes it!”
In addition to teaching, Mrs. Barlow is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and a building representative.