Harnett County Schools (Central Office & all schools)
My name is Sarah Spannhake and I am very honored to have been chosen as Angier Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. I truly enjoy teaching and feel very blessed to work with such wonderful colleagues and students. Teaching is more than a profession to me—it is a passion. I spend a lot of time reflecting and researching to find lessons and practices that will not only cause mastery of the curriculum, but enjoyment of learning. I have very high expectations for my students, both behaviorally and academically and my students always live up to them. I believe when you have high expectations for students, they begin to have high expectations for themselves. I share my top three priorities with my students every year and I believe if they can meet them, they will have success not only in third grade, but in life. I expect them to use kind words and actions, be problem-solvers, and read everyday. These guiding principles are based on my own teaching philosophy and are woven into all parts of our day.
This will be my eighth year of teaching, all of which have been in second or third grade. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University in 2005. I am currently working on my master’s degree in reading and literacy and should graduate in December. My husband, Dave and I live in southern Wake County with our two beautiful children, Jordan and Lexie. We also have an English bulldog just like the school mascot named Lilly. I am very involved in our church, Clayton Community Church, and serve as a children’s worship leader once a month. I wish I could spend more time at the beach and the library, but I love my busy life and I wouldn’t change a thing! I know that being a teacher and a mom is what I was born to do.