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Jennifer Wiggins – Math Teacher at Burns High

posted May 15, 2017, 2:12 PM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History 
I graduated from Shelby High School. This is my fourth year at Burns High School teaching Math 1.

Family
I have a husband and two daughters. My husband and I both graduated from high school together in Cleveland County. Our oldest daughter is 3 and our youngest is 17 months. We also have two dogs and one cat.

Education
After high school, I worked my way through to an Associates Degree in General Studies at Blue Ridge Community College. After I completed my two-year degree, I went to the University of North Carolina at Asheville where I received a Burroughs Wellcome Scholarship and my teaching certification. I graduated with Honors and received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics

What do you like best about your school/work location?
I love my students, co-workers and the administration. The environment is very supportive, and everyone feels like family. It is rewarding to go to work every day knowing that you are surrounded by peers that share a common goal and that are committed to doing what is best for our students and their futures.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
Because I teach high school, I often find myself advising students to find balance. There are some students who stress so much about their grades that it seems like they are not also taking time to enjoy their high school years. There are others who lack work ethic and drive and do not worry about their education enough. It is important to find balance in life. You can have a very successful and happy life by having a balance of strong work ethic and knowing when to relax and enjoy the moment.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?

I grew up in Cleveland County and was educated in this school system. My parents are also a product of Cleveland County Schools, and my children will soon start their education in Cleveland County. I am proud to have been educated here, and I feel fortunate to be part of all of the good things that are happening in the Cleveland County School System.
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