Gibbs is FPES Teacher of the Year

December 29, 2013

UNION —A teacher with more 13 years experience teaching young children has been named Foster Park Elementary School’s 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.

Corinna Gibbs, a second grade teacher at FPES, was selected by her peers as the school’s Teacher of the Year. The following quotes came from her peers:

“She challenges all of her students and is constantly searching for new strategies and resources.”

“She always shares whatever she finds.”

“She is always positive and goes above and beyond to help her co-workers.”

“She is determined to improve each student and has great management skills.”

“She is eager and excited to try new and challenging things to improve student learning.”

FPES Principal Barbara Palmer said that “Mrs. Gibbs is a phenomenal teacher who embraces the challenge of teaching with open arms and an open heart. She holds high expectations for every student who enters her classroom. She is always a professional and sees herself as a learner. She constantly reflects on ways to make her teaching more effective and is willing to try new ideas. She holds every child in her classroom accountable for learning and expects all of them to be thinkers.”

Gibbs graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Child Development and Converse College with a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education. She met Taylor Gibbs while in college and has been married to him for 17 years. They have three children, Mary Katherine 14, an eighth grade student at Sims Middle School; William 10, fifth grade student at FPES; and Lilly 4, 4K at Union Christian Day School. Gibbs’ interests include running, working out, reading and spending time with her family.

This is Gibbs’ 13th year of teaching at FPES. She taught 10 years in first grade, two years in third grade and is currently teaching second grade. Her teaching belief is “Practice makes permanent. You have to find what works for each student. And don’t forget to make it fun!” Her favorite subject to teach is reading.

The announcement of Teacher of the Year was made over the morning TV program the day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Her son, William, read a story (written by a co-teacher, Mrs. Arnold) about being thankful for his mom.

“Twas two days before THANKSGIVING …

And all through the school…

I’m thankful for my mother

Because she is WAY TOO COOL!!!

She teaches her heart out

To her second grade class

And by the looks on their faces,

They’re having a BLAST!

She loves them and helps them

DAY after DAY


There is Always a way

To say it and write it ANOTHER good way!

I am proud of my mom

And I’ll give her a cheer…

Because she is FOSTER PARK’S



This story was submitted by Foster Park Elementary School.