Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Mrs. Dee O’Neal of J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School. Mrs. O’Neal has been a Lee County teacher for 19 years, and is in her fifth year at Edwards. She holds a Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and also has her National Boards.
J. Glenn Edwards is the only elementary school in Lee County where all fifth-grade students go to a science class for 50 minutes every day, so its important to keep students engaged in subject matter. Mrs. O’Neal relies on creativity and enthusiasm, commenting “Teaching and entertaining go hand in hand. When you get bored with a program, you change the television channel. My job is to keep my students so engaged they not only want to watch the program, but be a part of the show. My students’ accomplishments are mine too, all of which make me very proud to be a part of.”
In addition to being a fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. O’Neal is also an animal lover. She has three dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, a bearded dragon, three betta fish as well as a horse. She notes that the guinea pig, betta fish and bearded dragon are her only pets who are also members of her classroom, but only because the others are not allowed in school.
In her free time, Mrs. O’Neal loves to ride and train her horse in local competitions in the Working Western division. She’s even added Barrel Racing to her equine activities. It’s no surprise that when asked to speculate about what her peers would say to describe her, Mrs. O’Neal’s best guess is “Oh my word, what is she doing now?!”