TIME FOR SCHOOL: Wilson teachers prepare to welcome students Monday

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Tiphanie Wells is passionate about the growth and development of children.

Wells is one of the newest teachers to join the team of educators in Wilson County Schools.

“I am very excited to be starting here at Forest Hills Middle School,” Wells said. “I have worked with children for the past 12 years.” This year, Wells is getting her own classroom.

“I want to be able to work in a capacity where I can help students and their families meet their educational goals, and I figured what better way to help them in that role than to be a classroom teacher,” Wells said.

Resource teachers work with children who may need additional assistance in various subject areas.

“It is very rewarding just to see them meet goals throughout the year,” Wells said.

Wells, a 2006 graduate of Beddingfield High School and a 2010 graduate of Barton College, used to tutor for the AVID program of Wilson County Schools at Hunt High School.

“I am from Wilson,” Wells said. “It feels really good to return to Wilson County Schools where I received my education and be able to assist and serve the families that are here.”

On Wednesday teachers at elementary, middle and high schools attended opening day ceremonies, which are essentially pep rallies to get charged up for the new year.

“It’s more than just a job. It’s a calling,” said Wilson County Schools superintendent Lane Mills as he welcomed teachers back.

According to Amber Lynch, public relations director for Wilson County Schools, an estimated 12,300 students are enrolled this year.

“We don’t know for sure until the school year starts,” Lynch said.

Students at 24 Wilson County schools have their first day on Monday. Two other Wilson County Schools, Wilson Academy of Applied Technology and Wilson Early College Academy, began classes on Aug. 7.

Parents can check bus routes and times, school calendars, school policies, frequently asked questions, emergency numbers, quick links to all of the websites to individual schools, news and other vital information by going online to wilsonschoolsnc.net/. The schools central office can be reached at 252-399-7700.

The schools will soon roll out a new app that can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet. The program will contain important school information like news, calendars, menus and school resources. It will also have the capability of send out notifications of school delays or closings.

Wilson County Schools includes 14 elementary schools, six middle schools, three traditional high schools, two early colleges and one alternative school.

The schools have a daily attendance rate of 95.5 percent.

Wilson County Schools has 1,520 employees and is the second highest employer in the county.