Watauga Elementary School Names Its Teacher of the Year

A teacher standing in front of a classroom of students.Watauga Elementary is proud to have named second grade teacher, Shirley Hibbitts, as our Teacher of the Year. When selecting a teacher of the year, Mrs. Hibbitts is an obvious choice.  A college professor once said, “What it takes to be a good teacher is to be firm, fair, and consistent.”  Mrs. Hibbitts is all of those and more.

She is patient and attentive to all students' needs.  When asked about her favorite part of teaching, she said, "I love that every day is different. Helping students learn and grow is very rewarding. One student recently told me, 'I love math, and I'm good at it!' It made my day."

Many people throughout the county recognize the name of Mrs. Hibbitts because she has taught at several of the schools.  She has taught second grade at Watauga Elementary for the past six years. She has also taught special education and first grade.  Mrs. Hibbitts has been a teacher at Damascus Elementary (in the beloved old rock school and the new facility), Sand Hill Middle School in North Carolina, Greendale Elementary, and Rhea Valley Elementary.

Mrs. Hibbitts holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University. Congratulations, Mrs. Hibbitts!

Contact Person: 
Connie Hayes