August is QDR’s Gold Star Teacher Appreciation Month! Meet today’s featured teacher: Kaitlin Wallace of Powhatan Elementary School!
Kaitlin was nominated by Patricia who said “Kaitlin Wallace was my son’s teacher in both 1st grade and 2nd grade at Powhatan Elementary School. When my son started kindergarten, he was in a self-contained classroom and a good bit behind his peers. He was supposed to spend some time in the kindergarten classroom, and we were very disappointed to learn that he was not getting invited or included in kindergarten events. We struggled all year with this. When they did the classroom picture after graduation, we went to see him in the classroom, and they had already sent him back to his other room. In 1st grade this changed! Mrs. Wallace included Adam all the time in their classroom celebrations and all of the 1st grade activities. Between Mrs. Wallace and Adam’s other teacher Mrs. Gerrell, they were able to work him up to more and more time in the mainstream classroom. By the end of first grade Adam was almost on par with his classmates academically and was spending his entire day in the regular classroom. The decision was made to mainstream Adam in 2nd grade and I cried when I found out Mrs. Wallace was moving to 2nd grade and would be with Adam there as well. Adam mainstreamed and excelled in 2nd grade. Mrs. Wallace always knew how to work with him and kept me updated when he was struggling. I would let her know if he had a rough morning and she would be extra patient with him as he settled into the day. Adam is excitedly headed in to third grade and he is academically ready. I believe we ow a lot of that to Mrs. Wallace.”
Thank you so much for inspiring those around you Kaitlin!
As our featured Gold Star Teacher of the Day for August 23rd, Kaitlin has won a $25 gift card to Crabtree Valley Mall and a 1-year Black Card Membership to Planet Fitness which grants you access to any of their 1,700+ locations, guest passes, use of massage chairs, tanning and more!
She’ll also have the chance to win the Grand Prize – $1,500 to stock their classroom courtesy of Crossroads Ford in Cary.
Do you know a teacher that has made a positive impact on someone’s life? Nominate them now!