Shawnteya Hayes – East Lee Middle School

Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Shawnteya Hayes of East Lee Middle School. Ms. Hayes is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher for grades 6-8, and has been a part of the Rockets team for 3 months of her 14-year teaching career. She holds a Masters of School Administration form North Carolina Central University, a Masters in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University and a degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, Eastern shore.

In addition to teaching, Ms. Hayes is also a mentor for the school’s Check-in/Check-out Program. Her teaching philosophy is that education is the key that unlocks the door to a successful future. “Teachers are here to prepare students and to enlighten them on the many possibilities that exists beyond the school walls.”

The accomplishment that Ms. Hayes is proudest of is “that I can touch a child’s life on a daily basis. This has been confirmed through notes and recognition as Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 year in another school system.” Colleagues of Ms. Hayes would describe her as “enthusiastic,” “supportive” and “motivational.” She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends in her free time.