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Thursday, 31 May 2007

NC-PIMS Lead Teacher Joan Buck from Columbus County was featured as the 2007 Teacher of the Year at Acme-Delco Elementary in Whiteville, NC. Ms. Buck will also be serving as a Regional Lead Teacher this year and NC-PIMS would like to congratulate her on these accomplishments and present here a reprint of the article from the Whiteville News Reporter, originally published, Monday, May 28, 2007

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Joan Buck is top teacher at Acme-Delco Elementary
Staff Writer, The News Reporter

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Joan Buck is Acme-Delco Elementary School’s teacher of the year for 2007-08.

Buck, in her sixth year as a self-contained sixth grade teacher, said, “It is an honor and a joy to know that you’re really appreciated for your efforts.”

This is her first teacher of the year honor.

She said she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

“At around the age of 25, while doing hair in a salon, I realized that ‘doing hair’ wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she said. “I had this nagging feeling that I must go back to school and get my degree in education. I guess it was my calling at that point. I want to make a difference in so many lives of today’s children. I want to be a person who can help children see the relevance of an education, and be a ‘mentor’ in the same way it was given to me.”

She said that students are the best part of teaching.

“Each student brings a uniqueness to the class, whether it’s good or bad and I get to share many factors of their lives with them,” Buck said. “I become a friend, mother, mentor and anything else to them and I love them as if they were my own children.”

She said that discipline is the worst part of education.

“Once students leave the classroom, what is enforced in the classroom is lost,” she said. “Once they get home, they revert to their ‘home-self’ and you have to repeat the process over again the next day.

“Parents expect you to administer corporal punishment, but it is my belief that it is their job to do so.

“Parental guidance and parental involvement are needed most in education as many parents are unable to ‘give’ to their child’s education for financial reasons, as most of today’s children are of a single-parent home.”

Buck was born in Cape May, N.J. Her father was in the United States Coast Guard, so they moved frequently.

“I lived in Cape May until the age of 12 and then moved to Tuckerton, N.J. until my father was stationed at Fort Macon outside of Atlantic Beach.”

Buck lived in Hobucken and then the Morehead City area until the age of 18.

She graduated from West Carteret High School in Morehead City. She earned her associate degree from Cape Fear Community College and her bachelor of arts in education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

She has been married to Anthony “Tony” Buck for 15 years.

They have two sons: Anthony Jr., 3, and Christopher, 16 months.

Her interests include reading independently and to her children, playing Scrabble on the computer, riding four-wheelers and being with her family and friends.
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