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Weaverville's Math Teacher of the Year
Weaverville's Math Teacher of the Year
Posted on 10/02/2019
Ms. Amanda Fields of Weaverville Elementary is the BCS Math Teacher of the Year!By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Ms. Amanda Fields stands with Principal Heidi Allison.A knock at the door caused Ms. Amanda Fields to pause in the middle of her fourth grade math lesson on Monday, Sept. 30. She looked up to see Weaverville Elementary Principal Heidi Allison enter the classroom smiling as an entourage of math educators followed her clutching colorful balloons.

“We have a special announcement!” Ms. Allison announced as the students looked up.

Holding up a certificate, K-12 Math Specialist Ms. Stefanie Buckner stepped forward to share the exciting news that Ms. Fields had been chosen as the Math Teacher of the Year for Buncombe County Schools! After cheering and clapping, students took turns sharing why they thought Ms. Fields was a wonderful math teacher.

“She helps us and we get to learn a lot of math with her!” one student said.

“She makes sure that everyone understands before we move on to the next thing,” said another.

Ms. Amanda Fields stands with her class, principal, and math curriculum staff.“I know I’m in a pool of excellent teachers in this school and in the county, so it’s quite an honor to receive this award,” Fields said. “I’m very humbled by it.”

Fields was selected by a panel of BCS math curriculum staff based on essays she wrote about her classroom approach, goals, and impact. She’ll officially receive her award in November at the annual awards ceremony of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM). The annual award is presented as a partnership between NCCTM and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Also present to congratulate Ms. Fields on Monday were elementary math coaches Ms. Meg McKee and Ms. Kristine Schmitt.

“I love the joy and knowledge that the kids bring to class,” Fields added. “To teach, learn, sing, and grow with them — to see that magic light go off when they understand it — is just so powerful for me.”

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