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Teachers of the Year: J.B. Halpin
Teachers of the Year: J.B. Halpin
Posted on 05/17/2018
Pisgah Elementary School fourth-grade teacher J.B. Halpin works on a problem with two students in his class.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

In J.B. Halpin’s classroom, there's only one way to be: your very best.

The Pisgah Elementary School fourth-grade teacher makes sure that no student spends the day sitting down. The children walk each other through math problems in class groups and on the interactive white board, and Halpin teaches them to give each other open, honest feedback. The classroom ethic centers around working hard and working smart.

“If you to have kids who are responsible, you have to put some responsibility on their shoulders,” Halpin said. “You have to give them tasks and put them in leadership roles. I spend a lot of time teaching them to be good citizens and to be good people. Because the world is difficult. You have to fight for what you get. Maybe someone has more talent than you, but it’s not OK to get out-worked.”

Halpin is Pisgah’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, and at the May school board meeting he was named Enka District Teacher of the Year.

“Teaching is not a job; it’s a life calling,” he said. “I want to push these kids to their very best, their individual limits. I want to create a passion in them for education, and that’s why I became a teacher.”

This is Halpin’s 11th year at Pisgah, and he’s absolutely plugged in, said Principal Jeanann Yates.

“He has high expectations for his students and holds them accountable for their learning,” she said. “But he also builds a strong rapport with them unlike anything I’ve ever seen. He is going to be that teacher who, as adults, these kids are going to look back and remember what a difference he made.”

Halpin is one of seven classroom teachers selected as a district teacher of the year out of the 1,700 teachers in the BCS system. He and the other six district winners will be featured in an upcoming special video produced by the BCS Communications Department. One of the seven district winners will be selected as the overall BCS Teacher of the Year.

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