Shonda Atkinson is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.
Wilson County Schools
Gardners Elementary School’s Shonda Atkinson is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.
First-grade teacher at Gardners Elementary and the school’s teacher of the year
First teaching position
Teacher Assistant at Vick Elementary
Total number of years teaching
East Carolina University
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” — Maya Angelou
Most memorable moment in your career
One day I was having a teachable moment explaining to some of my students why they were not able to attend Renaissance. I wanted to ensure they were able to learn a lesson from it. One of my students missed Renaissance because she had too many tardies. It was all I could do to keep from laughing when she raised her hand and said, “It’s all my mom’s fault because she goes to the gym every night and can’t get up in the morning to get me to school on time.” Kids will say anything! I just love it!
What is your super power?
Why do you teach?
I teach because if I make a difference in the life of one child, I have made an impact on the world. Teaching is my passion, and it’s definitely not just a job or a career. It’s something you are born to do and a gift that God places inside of special vessels. I teach because I have been gifted by God to do so!