Shona Burk was nominated by an anonymous colleague.
Mrs. Burk has worked at South Pontotoc Elementary for over 25 years. She cares deeply for children who face struggles. She walks beside them so she can get to know them, relate to them, and teach them ways to deal with their challenges. Mrs. Burk works tirelessly to find ways for her students to have success, from sharing stories about her animals, to showing students how to take care of chickens and goats in the outdoor classroom. Her goal is to help students find their voice however they best communicate.
"I saw her face light up with excitement the first time a child used his talker to express how he felt," said her nominator. "She celebrates milestones and good behavior, and she provides a safe, calm place when kids have turmoil. Our students are blessed by her wisdom, dedication, and love."