Mary Wallace was nominated by her principal, Joy Hathcock.
Mrs. Wallace has been an asset to the students, families and community of Aquadale School for many years. She has always worked hard to bring learning alive for her students. As you walk into her classroom, you are met with bright pictures and encouraging slogans which remind students to give their best and that mistakes are just a part of learning. You will also notice the microscopes and specimens she keeps handy for her science lessons, which more often than not become demonstrations and student explorations in the classroom.
Mrs. Wallace ensures that science is applicable to the world around her students. Common discussions in her classroom are born from current research and events in science and weather. She starts with topics she knows the students are interested in. Because of this, her students are engaged, and the things they learn stick with them long after they leave her class. She coordinates field trips throughout North Carolina so students can observe and conduct experiments in nature. For many students, it's the only time they are in contact with the wilderness. Her work generates a love and appreciation for the world around us in her students.
This past year, Mrs. Wallace also taught math. She had taught math before, but the way math concepts are taught to students has changed since then. Mrs. Wallace worked to adjust her practice and ensured her students were successful. She did not shy away from the challenge and served as a great example of how to adjust to changes and rise to the occasion when asked.
"Mrs. Wallace will be greatly missed," said Hathcock. "Her work in our school each day has made our students and community better and stronger."