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An English teacher’s thoughts on her craft and why teaching literature matters

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to show gratitude for the hard work of educators across the country. From kindergarten reading circles to high school science labs, more than 100,000 teachers work with students in North Carolina each day. This year, we asked teachers to nominate their colleagues so we could share the stories of their compassion, commitment, and dedication. To nominate a teacher for recognition, please complete the short survey below. Teachers, thank you for all you do for our students and our state.

Hear from Heather Barto Wiley, an English teacher at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, on how she discovered teaching, what she has learned, and why she thinks reading is important throughout students’ lives. 

Note: Heather Barto Wiley was nominated by fellow educator Stuart Egan.  

Liz Bell

Liz Bell is the early childhood reporter for EducationNC.