HUNTERSVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - FOX 46 recognizes teachers getting results in the classroom. This week, we are honoring not just one-- but two special educators at Grand Oak Elementary in Huntersville, NC.
We received an e-mail from a parent nominating the two teachers. Here's, in part, what it said:
“I’d love to nominate the teacher of my son's autistic only class, in fact, it’s kind of two teachers. His teacher is Miss Emily Bales and her class is basically combined with Miss Lauren Kovach (who has her own autistic only class) at Grand Oak Elementary and most kids will constantly float back and forth between the two classes. My son and the majority of the two classes are mostly non-verbal and the effort that these teachers have put in to support and teach these special needs children has far surpassed anything I could have ever hoped or dreamed for my child.”
We surprised the two teachers this week.
"The two most important things they bring to the table is a passion for kids and a wonderful growth mindset," said Grand Oak Principal Ray Giovanelli.
Both educators are second year teachers, but have known for a long time this passion is their purpose.
"We are getting really good results," said Emily Bales. "We have multiple non-verbal students now speaking in short commands-- which is huge for them and their parents to be able to communicate. Every success is huge."
"I put my heart and soul into this and really love it," said Lauren Kovach. "The students aren't always able to thank you or tell you what they need-- so to have a parent see that is really awesome."