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We Congratulate Teresa Gibson!

Emmanuel Christian School

 

Kelli Watford says her son’s first grade teacher at Emmanuel Christian School deserves to be the Wiregrass Parents Teacher of the Month for April for many reasons but mostly because she loves what she does.

“I, as a parent, see this in her everyday work and in my child each day,” Watford says. “Mrs. Gibson goes above and beyond with her students. She provides for her students just like they are her very own.”

 

Teresa Gibson has been working with ECS since 2008, including as a teaching assistant, K-5 tutor, K-5 computer teacher, and fifth grade. She says she always wanted to be a teacher.

 

“As a child, my siblings and I would play school. I remember having so much fun pretending to be the teacher. When I was in the sixth grade, I enjoyed tutoring first graders. Watching their confidence increase from week to week ignited my passion for helping children learn.”

 

Watford says Gibson makes learning fun by providing extra activities and fun projects to help her students learn.

“I enjoy finding that specific learning style each student has.

Gibson says, “We have creative activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Seeing how students become more engaged and excited about learning in different ways is one of my favorite teaching moments.”

 

Gibson says she begins each class with prayer and a Bible story.

 

“This allows the children to share what’s on their hearts. We sing during math and reading. At times, we move our science lessons outside.”

 

As her students move on to the next grade level, Gibson says she prays the seeds of the Gospel begin to grow.

 

“I see future leaders in my classroom and I want them to not only know the grade level requirements but also learn how to love one another, forgive, and have a kind heart.”

Gibson says the moment a student realizes his or her potential is the most rewarding thing about being a teacher.

 

“Many times, young students think they cannot do something and get frustrated. The excitement they show when they realize their abilities and can do something new are the happiest moments in class,” she says. “When the lightbulb moment happens, it is pure joy to see the excitement on their faces when they realize, “I CAN do this.””

Teresa Gibson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. She and her husband, Rob, have five children, five grandchildren, and a dog named Chief.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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April Teacher of the Month: Teresa Gibson

by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min