From a young age, J.H. Gunn Elementary teacher Janee Gregory knew she wanted to be an educator. Coming from a family of educators, it seemed like a natural fit. Her love of teaching with passion and conviction is now being recognized.
The second-grade teacher is the Southeast Learning Community Teacher of the Year and a finalist for CMS Teacher of the Year. “I became a teacher to a champion for children,” said Gregory. “Education can open many doors and impact students in many positive ways. I always knew I wanted to work with children; teaching seemed like the best way.”
Gregory has been an elementary school teacher for more than 10 years, spending the last seven at J.H. Gunn. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UNC Charlotte and earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Capella University. She understands the importance of hard work and perseverance, and tries to instill those qualities in her students. “In my classroom, we do daily affirmations to begin our day, empowering ourselves to be the best and do our best work.”
J.H. Gunn Principal Monique Davis said Gregory’s passion as a teacher exemplifies what teaching is all about. “She holds true to her vow and commitment to ensure every scholar she teaches reaches their highest potential. She empowers her scholars to set goals for themselves and persevere while striving for their goals. She maintains an excellent balance of care and high expectations.”
Gregory wants her students to remember her as a teacher who was dedicated to every class and for instilling in them the importance of hard work. “I hope they remember me as someone who cared about them as a whole person, not just a test score or data point.”