Company: Cumberland County Schools
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Kathryn Jane Roe, Teacher at Cumberland County Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Ms. Roe can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher. She grew up inspired by her grandmother, who taught in a one-room school, and by her father, who taught in the public school system for 48 years, and knew she had to follow in their footsteps. She pursued her dreams, and ended up earning a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in 1987 and receiving her first position in the field, aide in the Blue River Valley Schools, that same year. Since then, Ms. Roe has lent her expertise to Ball State University and to Muncie Community Schools, as well as to Cumberland County Schools, where she remains today. She also furthered her own education with a Master of Arts in education from Ball State University in 1992.
The highlights of Ms. Roe’s career thus far are bringing fun and humor to her students and working to create a strong and positive community environment. A moment that stands out to her was when, for Easter, she put science questions in the kids’ Easter eggs and let them form teams to figure out the answers. They really enjoyed the activity, and they learned from it too. Another notable moment was getting her kids to partner with churches to provide coats and other necessities for student peers, which helped to build character and morale. Ms. Roe attributes her creativity to her zeal for teaching and to her ability to think outside the box. She also credits her willingness to learn and try new things.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Roe was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and as a grantee of the Arts Council from 2006 to 2007. She was also named One of the Outstanding American Teachers, a recipient of the Armed Services Science Teaching Award, and a grantee of both the Florence Rogers Charitable Trust and of the Buddy Writing Project, among others. Her achievements were featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
When Ms. Roe isn’t teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, chorale singing, and volunteering. Between 1994 and 1997, she was an article reviewer for the Indiana Reading Quarterly, and in 1988, she was the author of “Academic Survival Skills: Batteries Not Included.” She was also an active member of the Cumberland County Schools Walk-a-Thon, the Whitely Association Neighborhood Clean-up, the Longfellow Student Council Walk-a-Thon, and the Ball State University Habitat for Humanity Club.
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