UNION — The Foster Park Elementary School 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year believes that being an educator is not a job or profession, but a passion and a way of life.
In a statement released Friday, Foster Park Elementary School announced that it” is excited to recognize Jennifer Roark as our Teacher of the Year.”
Mrs. Roark is a 1997 graduate of Union High School and a 2003 graduate of Limestone College. She recently earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with Gifted & Talented Endorsement from Converse College.
This year is Roark’s eleventh year of teaching. Asked what she loves most about teaching, Mrs. Roark replied, “It’s simple. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of children. I love working with children. I want to see children grow to love school and learning. There’s no greater joy than to see the look on a child’s face when he or she finally grasps the concept. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to say, ‘See, I told you could do it! Good Job!’ That alone gives me more than a paycheck ever could.”
Roark said that “becoming an educator is a dream come true for me! It continuously gives me the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children on a daily basis. I am reminded of a quote: ‘A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.’ Wow! What a powerful thought! Being an educator is not just a job, or even a profession; it is a passion. It is also a way of life. Students look up to their teachers, not only in the classroom, but in the community in which they live as well. I am so thankful that God has called me to teach His children and I can only hope that I can be half the blessing to my students as they are to me.”
The announcement states that “besides being an outstanding teacher at Foster Park, Mrs. Roark also serves on the School Improvement Council, mentors new teachers, serves as a new teacher evaluator, and serves as the yearbook advisor.”
It further states that “Mrs. Roark is also very active in the community. She holds the position of First Vice-President of the Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. She is also an active member of Philippi Baptist Church where she teaches a 2nd grade Sunday School Teacher and serves in Vacation Bible School Teacher.
In addition, Mrs. Roark is a member of the BPO DOES, the Union County Yellow Jackets Booster Club, and serves on the Union County Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board.
Mrs. Roark is married to Gerald Roark and is the daughter of Kathy Bryson.
The announcement with the statement that “Foster Park feels very blessed to have such a wonderful teacher on our faculty.”
This story was submitted by Foster Park Elementary School.