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Teresa Fulk

Position: AG Teacher
School: Monticello Brown Summit School
School District: Guilford County Schools
City, State: Greensboro, NC

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Teresa Fulk was nominated by her colleague, Tia Thompson.

"Three years ago, I made a transition from being a classroom teacher to a teacher for Advanced Learners. I was tremendously overwhelmed by the curriculum, testing and paperwork," said Thompson. "The department assigned me Ms. Fulk as a mentor, and she's still sticking close by my side.  Her depth of knowledge about our profession and how to best support gifted learners can't be matched."

Ms. Fulk goes the extra mile for students who deserve the right to have a differentiated curriculum and learning experiences.  She leads enrichment clubs for students and has earned awards for her dedication, passion and creativity. 

"I admire her passion for kids and determination to help teachers support advanced learners in the most productive ways," said Thompson. "Teresa Fulk is an outstanding educator, and I'm grateful that she's taken me under her wing." 

Comments (14)

Molly Sparks Posted over a year ago

My son was a student of Ms. Fulk at Monticello Brown Summit Elementary. He had such an amazing experience with this amazing teacher. Not only did she challenge him academically and push him to grow and think outside the box, she also got to know him as an individual. By knowing him so well she knew how to best teach and lead him. I believe she does this for each of her students. She knows how to reach each one in the most effective way. This is a gift. My son is now finishing up middle school and still loves to go back and visit Ms. Fulk and I have even consulted her through the years of middle school to get her opinion on things because she knows my child so well. We think the world of Ms. Fulk and we are so grateful for the impact she had on us and so may other families and students over the years.

Arlene Sims Posted over a year ago

I first met Ms. Fulk, because I was the parent of an AG student at McLeansville Elementary. Her vast knowledge of the academically gifted program helped me feel at ease with the process. I was always able to ask her questions and she made my child's experience in the classroom wonderful. Congratulations on your nomination!

Crystal Clapp Posted over a year ago

Teresa Fulk is a wonderful teacher and coworker. She is dedicated in helping her students and coworkers. She is an amazing AG teacher who made a huge impact in my son's education. Not only does she work with the AG students, but she is responsible for our Energy Wise team. Her work and commitment at our school has made our staff and students dedicated to conserving energy and making our school Energy Wise.

Laurie Hawks Posted over a year ago

Theresa goes the extra mile for her students. She is a true leader both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. I have had the privilege to work with her on the PBIS team. She takes ownership in her work and she is very deserving of this honor. I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with Ms. Fulk. She is energized and is works very well with other people.

Melissa Sams Posted over a year ago

As the parent of one of Mrs. Fulk’s students, I can say with great confidence that my son enjoys coming to school more now than ever before, because of his experiences in AG with Mrs. Fulk. She has encouraged him to think and act outside his comfort zone through service projects, teaching other students, and interacting with his peers in learning. She helps her students apply their knowledge in the real world and learn to use their gifts for good. I am very thankful for her dedication to building our students up for a better future.

Kim Scott Posted over a year ago

Three years ago I started my amazing journey with GCS. At first, it was scary being the new teacher and not knowing how things went. Being a beginning teacher the department assigned Teresa as my lead mentor. She literally took my hand and held it through the entire introduction, year 2, and year 3. If it had not been for her, I really don't know where I would be at this point. She helped me get organized, she guided me in the right directions, and most importantly she became a work friend. I really admire her passion to teach and how she is willing to always be a team player no matter the challenge!

Gay Citty Posted over a year ago

Congratulations to Teresa Fulk for being nominated for this honor. Teresa was the AG teacher at Gibsonville when I was principal there. I was impressed with her professionalism, collaborative nature, dedication to her students, and knowledge of gifted education/best practices that provided quality experiences for our AG students.

Cheryl Clifton Posted over a year ago

I have known Teresa Fulk as an educator and friend for over 25 years. Few teachers have or are able to maintain the motivation to inspire and assist others that Teresa has always possessed. Throughout her career, she has continued to expand her own skills as she has encouraged others to develop theirs. Her tireless commitment to helping others to become successful teachers led to her being named the Mentor of the Year in our district. She is admired and respected by students and colleagues alike. Teresa is a dedicated leader in education who has inspired hundreds of students and colleagues in countless ways.

Melissa Wilson Posted over a year ago

It is with total confidence and great pride that I write this in support of Teresa Fulk. I have known Mrs. Fulk for the last year and a half. as a Guilford County Schools colleague. Teresa Fulk is a problem-solver and an innovator. Her enthusiasm, love, and passion for teaching (and her students) have hardly a rival at Guilford County Schools. . . and our district has incredible teachers, faculty, and staff. Mrs. Fulk does not work or serve for awards or accolades, but simply to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day. She has mastered the elusive art of being firm but fair, having rules yet maintaining relationships, and keenly remembering that though she teaches numerous content/subject areas . . . she is really teaching “children” whom she freely offers love, acceptance, and grace. Teresa Fulk has a calling on her life, and that calling is teaching. She teaches her students to strive for excellence and to love and respect each other; and she teaches all of us (her colleagues and peers) to give our best for our students, to wear a smile, and to have faith.

Lisa Pegram Posted over a year ago

Teresa Fulk is an outstanding educator and community member. Aside from being a wonderful teacher, she goes the extra mile for her staff/school and community. She has served as chair of our school's leadership team, is the lead mentor/ coordinator for our new teachers and is the go to person for school-wide data analysis. She is always willing to assist and support her fellow colleagues. She has held many positions as a member of various educational boards, both state and national. She has won many awards throughout her career. She is the sponsor/coach/teacher for our school's award winning Energy Wise program (which won the National Award in 2016-2017). She always pushes her students to be the best they can be, planning though-provoking lessons and engaging them in special field trips and community partnerships. I cannot think of a more deserving educator than Teresa Fulk for this award!

Sharon Robertson Posted over a year ago

Teresa made an impact on my daughter, Hannah when she was at Gibsonville Elementary. I credit Teresa for her AG guidance with Hannah in those early years (3-5). Since her elementary years, Hannah has set goals, achieved those goals, and has been very successful in her school years. She is confident in everything that she does and has a wonderful drive to achieve and I know that Teresa was there to help instill these characters in Hannah. Hannah graduated this past year as the Valedictorian of her class of 2018 and earned many scholarships and awards. Hannah is now a freshman at Wake Forest University where she was awarded with a full scholarship to attend. I appreciate the work that Teresa has done with so many students like my daughter and the impact that she has had on those students. I now work with Teresa at Monticello Brown Summit where Teresa is the AG teacher. Years later she is still making a difference in the lives of her students. She goes above and beyond to encourage students to be a positive student both within the school and out in the community. Teresa is very worthy of this award for all of her dedication and for touching every student's life with her passion.

Sally Duquette Posted over a year ago

Teresa Fulk is the one reasons my daughter is a successful, self-confident college senior. Teresa's AG class played a key role in helping her come out of her "shell" in elementary school. Teresa is well-deserving of this award as I know she has positively changed my daughter's life as well as many others.

Dr. Vicki Foust Posted over a year ago

Teresa Fulk is an outstanding educator. She has worked closely with the Center for Energy Research and Technology at NC A&T State University for many years assisting us in providing energy education to students. She trains teams of students to present energy concepts at our annual Energy Day event, attended by nearly 2,000 students. Ms. Fulk has also served as a leader of our Energy Wise Club at her school. Her Energy Wise teams help her school reduce energy usage, and they are always among the top performing Energy Wise Clubs. Ms. Fulk has also trained her students to use our Heat Transfer kits, and she takes them to other schools and allows them to teach those students about heat transfer. What a great way to teach them public speaking skills and build their confidence! We truly appreciate all that Ms. Fulk does to help our center provide quality energy education to Guilford County Schools!!

Kathy Bowie Posted over a year ago

It amazes me even years after Ms. Fulk and I have moved onto different roles, that she still continues to inspire those that she comes in contact with. Below is a recommendation that I wrote for Teresa many years ago. As I reread it, I know that every words still applies to her dedication for the students that she teaches and colleagues that she grows: I have had the privilege of working with Mrs. Fulk in several different capacities over the past seven years—parent, fellow teacher, Curriculum Facilitator, and Mission Possible Specialist. As a parent, I worked with Mrs. Fulk in order to meet the needs of my Academically Gifted child. She was insistent, even when as a parent I wasn’t, to make sure that my child was tested in such a way to make sure all his needs were met. This part of Mrs. Fulk shows me the passion and persistence that she has for each and every one of her students. This persistence continues in all aspects of her job as she promotes the school and children that she works with each and every day. As the Leadership Chairperson at McLeansville Elementary School, Mrs. Fulk organized meetings, followed through with school-wide initiatives, and encouraged her colleagues to be leaders in their own right. As a Mission Possible Teacher Leader, Mrs. Fulk collaborated with teammates to implement a new mentoring program for teachers who were new to the school. This program included an initial meeting and resource book which the team developed and continued with a yearlong one-on-one “buddy” system that these new teachers had in addition to their formal mentor. In her passion for science education, Mrs. Fulk approached the principal and myself with the idea of implementing a school-wide science lab program. Her plan was well thought out and included answers for the “what-if” questions she knew we would pose to her. Her ultimate goal was to implement the lab while still maintaining the district strategic plan of literacy and math integration. All of these things she did with the upmost of professionalism. As I reflect on my relationship with Mrs. Fulk, the characteristics that keep coming back to me are thorough and thought-provoking. As a Curriculum Facilitator and Mission Possible Specialist doing professional development in front of many people, I would always seek out Mrs. Fulk as I was presenting. I knew she would was intently listening and would process my presentation. But I also knew that if I was not making sense or if what I was asking to be done was unreasonable or not doable, she would let me know. Not only would she let me know, but she would always have the data and reasons to back up her thoughts. For this reason, I know when she presents something or brings ideas to the table, they are not things she has thought of lightly. Instead, she has thoroughly thought through every idea and scenario that she brings to the discussion.