Why I Teach: ‘Every child in my class is a blessing’

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Alicia Gregory, fourth-grade English and language arts/ reading teacher at Wilson Preparatory Academy, is featured in this week’s Why I Teach.

Total years teaching: This is my 15th year in education.

First teaching position: AIG teacher for grades 3-5 at Stantonsburg Elementary

Colleges attended: I graduated from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, with a Bachelor in Science of Education degree.

Favorite quote: “In the world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Other interesting facts: I’m from Ohio and moved to North Carolina in 2004. I have been happily married for 18 years and have two wonderful children who also attend Wilson Preparatory Academy. I am active in my church where I co-chair the Children’s Council, work in the preschool nursery, as well as attend youth group weekly as a youth leader. I am a big football fan and cheer for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers. If I’m not at school or church, I’m probably at the soccer field with my son.

Why I teach: My third-grade teacher and my ninth-grade biology teacher were my inspirations to becoming an educator. They both made the learning process fun and hands-on. I also believe that I’m a teacher because of the path the Lord has set out for me. Being a teacher is so much more than teaching a child how to understand what they are reading or how to spell correctly. Every day is different and is full of teachable moments, mostly non-academic related. I truly enjoy my job and feel that every child in my class is a blessing.