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Bernadette Byars – Kindergarten Teacher at Bethware Elementary

posted May 15, 2017, 2:20 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I graduated from Crest Senior High, and I worked several years with Gaston County Schools until I became a Teacher Assistant with Cleveland County Head Start. Years later, I started my career as a teacher with Cleveland County Head Start where I taught for ten years. Eleven years ago, I accepted a teaching position as a kindergarten teacher at Bethware Elementary - where I presently teach.

I currently hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in elementary education, a masters degree in reading, curriculum, and instruction, as well as a National Board Certification in teaching. 
I am the wife of a very supportive husband, Larry Byars. We have five children and four grandchildren. Several of our children graduated from Cleveland County Schools. Currently, we have one grandchild in first grade and an upcoming kindergartner - both in Cleveland County Schools.

What do you like best about your school/work location? 
I enjoy having strong administrative support that focuses on student achievement. Our school’s staff team exemplifies rich resources that facilitate student achievement.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why? 
Our mentality of how we grew-up should not be our future. Those challenges should be our stepping-stones to our success.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County's philosophy of "No Child Left Behind" has been my encouragement. This has motivated me to have high expectations for "all" students.