Teachers are Heroes: Kerstin Gregory becomes a part of the community
Published Thursday, March 1, 2018
Kerstin Gregory (Provided)
Kerstin Gregory is a humble product of Berkeley County educators. She says it was those amazing teachers who lit a passion for learning and caring for others. She credits her career decisions to the teachers in her life and still pulls inspiration from Berkeley County educators.
“It has always been my dream to have the opportunity to change the world, one child at a time,” she said.
Mrs. Gregory lives her dream every day within the walls and in the community surrounding H.E. Bonner Elementary School in Moncks Corner. She realizes her impact isn’t limited to the classroom, and she commits herself to be an integral part of the community.
“I attend their basketball, t-ball, baseball, and so-on sporting events, to show my encouragement for their many talents and build family support,” she said. “Teachers have an outstanding opportunity to become an integral part of the community.”
Like many educators, her favorite aspect about teaching is witnessing the incredible gains each student makes throughout the year. She says she enjoys gathering resources and developing activities to further strengthen her connection with her students and advance their learning.
“My goal is to make each day count, and be the best role model I can be for our future generation. Teaching is my passion, not a profession. Each day is a different stepping stone to prepare my first-graders for second grade.”
She has no plan to leave the classroom. She says her success stories are in the classroom and in the eyes, mind and heart of every child she’s had the honor of knowing.
“I would not be the teacher I am today without my students,” she said.
She stays positive, places emphasis on teamwork and encourages her students to pursue their dreams – just like the Berkeley County teachers of her past.
“I always explain to my students that, teamwork makes a dream work. Together, we learn to win as a team and encourage each other as a team. I demonstrate to students that if you do your best, work together, stay humble and get a good education then your dreams will come true. I continuously hold high expectations for my students, both socially and academically.”
Former H.E. Bonner Principal Natalie Lockliear describes Mrs. Gregory’s demeanor as “contagious.”
“Mrs. Gregory is truly a dedicated professional who ignites a passion for learning in everyone. Her positive outlook is contagious and creates an environment where children love to learn,” Mrs. Lockliear said.
Among her proudest moments as an educator is the time she saw a change in a student that came to her classroom hating everything about school.
“When I look in their eyes and see true kindheartedness and the understanding of another and the concept, I know that we are changing the world for the better. The fancy, Teacher of the Year, nametag is a great reminder that we have the potential to make a difference in the world. However, nothing makes me prouder that witnessing the amazing success stories of my current and former students,” she said.
Mrs. Gregory is the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year at H.E. Bonner Elementary. She’s a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s in early childhood education.