Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week is Katie Eddings of Lee County High School, and this year’s Lee County Teacher of the Year for 2017-18.
Mrs. Eddings has been an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) elective teacher at LCHS for just a few years, but has more than 13 years of teaching experience. She holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Mrs. Eddings firmly believes that teaching is about relationships — with students, parents and other significant adults in her students’ lives. “Creating a classroom in which students feel cared about, not just by the teacher but also by each other, coupled with the disciplines of writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading, will close the achievement gap.”
What inspired Mrs. Eddings to pursue a career in education was her mother, an Exceptional Children Teacher while Mrs. Eddings was in elementary school. “My mom would work with children other teachers felt would never be able to function out in the world on their own. My mom would load these special needs children in a bus and every year taken them to see the Ice Capades and the USS North Carolina Battleship. She would bring them home, feed them and clothe them. Her love and concern for her students created lifelong relationships that I hoped to achieve in my teaching career.”
To future teachers, Mrs. Eddings would say that teaching is not an easy job, but the rewards are worth the hard work. “Teaching is a humbling profession with great responsibility, and teachers have the opportunity to make the greatest impact on the future generations. The classroom gives you a snapshot of the world and being open to the diversity within that world will make students effective and compassionate citizens.”
Welcome To Sanford extends our congratulations as well, to Mrs. Eddings for her recognition in the Lee County Schools.