Carina Wilhite was nominated by Josh Topp, a colleague.
Mrs. Wilhite is a role model for both students and colleagues. She works diligently with staff to ensure academic growth is inevitable for each and every one of her students. In addition to fantastic classroom instruction, Mrs. Wilhite makes it a priority to teach life skills to her 4th grade students. Her students often look to her for a word of encouragement and a hug. Being such a positive educator and teacher leader, colleagues often stop by her room after school to interact with her and ask her for classroom advice.
Mrs. Wilhite is a very accomplished educator and leader at her school and her district. She can often be found helping her colleagues with technology and professional development. She demonstrated a technology lesson at an Apple Summit Leadership Conference, co-taught courses with her grade-level partner at her district's Joyful Learning Conferences, and participated and contributed in an Intel grant her district received last year.
Outside of school, Mrs. Wilhite has been involved in volunteering for Precious Teasures.
"We need more teachers like Mrs. Wilhite," said Topp. "She is a life-long learner and never settles for anything but the best in her students and herself. One of my favorite attributes of Mrs. Wilhite is her desire to be pushed out of her comfort zone so she can learn as much as possible and be the best teacher possible for her students. She loves taking risks, and I really admire that about her. She has inspired me and pushed me to become a better teacher for my students, too."