I help students change their mindsets about their abilities and understand that mistakes are a part of learning. I teach students strategies to navigate their social and emotional needs to prepare them for the future and maximize instructional time.
Heather Wham, originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, earned a B.S. in elementary education from Wingate University in 2009 and an M.A. in reading education from Appalachian State University in 2012.
Wham currently serves as a third-grade teacher. Read on to learn more:
Why did you choose to work at the Academy?
I chose to work at the Academy because it is student-centered — students are considered in every decision made. We use curriculum that is authentic, innovative and engaging, and we celebrate student differences and progress and meet students where they are no matter their current grade level.
What's your favorite part about working at the Academy?
My favorite part of working at the Academy are the connections between students and staff. Students know they are loved and valued each day, because the school is a safe space where they feel successful.
I also love the relationships between staff members, as well as the support offered from administrators and each other. The Academy is a positive environment and a joy to work at each day.
How are you impacting education in your community?
I am instilling a love of learning in students by showing them that learning is fun. I help students change their mindsets about their abilities and understand that mistakes are a part of learning. I teach students strategies to navigate their social and emotional needs to prepare them for the future and maximize instructional time.
What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?
The Academy has a reading literacy focus. What is your favorite book?
Anything by Elin Hilderbrand
“Learning together” is a core commitment of the Academy. What does "learning together" mean to you?
Learning Together means supporting one another each day. It means that we know we are better together and we trust one another in helping our students be successful.
Just for fun, what is your favorite candy?
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups