Why I Teach: ‘I am trusted to protect and instill hope...’

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Barnes Elementary School teacher Rosslyn Waddell is featured in this week’s Why I Teach?

“I am a teacher because I believe God chose me to stand before his young people and educate them with my whole heart and soul. Each day I am given a new opportunity to allow God to live through me and love his little ones unconditionally while inspiring them to embrace the positive aspects of life and obtain a quality and competitive education. I am trusted to protect, love and instill hope into a parent’s most prized possession. This is huge a responsibility that comes naturally with God’s help.

Current Position: Third-grade teacher at Barnes Elementary School and the school’s teacher of the year

First Teaching Position: Third-grade teacher at Pines Elementary School in Plymouth

Total Years Teaching: 16 years

College Attended: Earned an undergraduate and master’s degree in elementary education from Elizabeth City State University

Other Cool Facts: She is married to a retired Navy man, Jamal. They have a son, Raysean, in high school. She is from Williamston and graduated from Bear Grass High School.

Favorite Quote and Why: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The Serenity Prayer is my favorite quote because it encourages me to trust God and to have the peace of mind that hardships come to make me stronger.

Student Perspective: “Ms. Waddell is such a great teacher because she loves the students, and she is the most respectful, kind and generous person I’ve ever met.” — Tyquez Pender, current fifth-grader who had Ms. Waddell in third grade

Student Perspective:
“Ms. Waddell always puts a smile on our faces if we are feeling down. She helps us with our math, and she even taught me how to multiply, add and subtract fractions.” — Keyshawn Richardson, fifth-grader who had Ms. Waddell in third grade