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Christine Irwin: Helping students find their success

To Christine Irwin, the best part about being a teacher assistant is when she sees the students she has worked with find success in what they’re learning – whether it be an academic success or social and emotional. It brings a smile to her face. “I feel grateful that I can participate in their success and cheer them on,” she said.

Irwin is a 17-year veteran teacher assistant. Thirteen of those years were at a K-8 school in California and one year was at an elementary school in Tennessee. Irwin is in her third year at Mallard Creek Elementary, and for two of those years, she has been working in the school’s media center. Irwin is the Northeast Learning Community Teacher Assistant of the Year finalist, “an unexpected honor she is truly grateful for.” 

“It is a privilege to be part of a team to help scholars succeed,” she said.

Principal Shalinda Williams said Irwin is “a principal’s dream!” 

“She goes above and beyond to support our scholars and total school operations,” said Williams. “Ms. Irwin remains calm, positive and professional when interacting with everyone. She consults with the classroom teachers and academic facilitators to plan media lessons that are extensions of the general ed grade-level-specific standards. Ms. Irwin also was recently recognized for perfect attendance. She is the only staff member who has had perfect attendance this year, which speaks volumes to her dedication to the teaching and learning process.”

Irwin recalls several moments throughout her career that have stood out to her, but one of her most memorable is from a student she worked with in a small reading group. “After a couple years in the reading program, the student was gaining confidence and was able to read independently,” she said. “To see this student enjoy reading was a definite highlight.”

Irwin is grateful to represent Mallard Creek Elementary and the Northeast Learning Community. “At our school, there are so many wonderful people working hard every day to serve our scholars’ educational and social needs,” she said. “It was wonderful to see the excitement throughout the school and to have the scholars rooting for me and our school.”


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