This week’s Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Yvette Batten from East Lee Middle School. Mrs. Batten is a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher, who joined ELMS to run the school’s READ 180 program from 2008 to 2011. She began her career as an educator at Broadway Elementary in 2005, where she served as a reading tutor. This transformative experience led Mrs. Batten to become fully engaged in teaching and she earned a Middle Grades Language Arts and NC Teaching License (in grade levels 6-9) from Western Carolina University as a result.
Mrs. Batten fondly recalls her time spent as a tutor and credits it as the primary motivation that led her to teaching, noting “I tutored kindergarten, first grade and fifth grade part-time while my kids were young. I loved working with the students and helping them to improve with reading. I knew I made a difference with the students I worked with at Broadway and wanted to keep that feeling going! That’s when I decided to go after my teaching certification. I love going to work each day knowing that I can make a difference in the life of a child.”
Mrs. Batten strongly believes that all children have the ability to learn; when teachers meet them where they are, in order to help them grow. She observes, “Children come to us from all types of situations. We as teachers must be sensitive to every personal situation because it affects not only the student, but also our classroom.” Mrs. Batten is also fond of a quote from George Evans that states, Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.
Mrs. Batten also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fayetteville State University and was recognized as the 2017-18 East Lee Teacher of the Year.