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Leonor Pizarro – Teacher at Graham Elementary

posted Nov 30, 2017, 7:23 AM by Greg Shull
CCS Work History

I was a first grade student teacher at Graham Elementary in 2008. Immediately after completing my student teaching, I took an interim position as a first grade teacher. I then went on to teach third grade for one year. I was one of the new teachers who was cut when the economy got bad, but I interviewed for an opening at Bethware where I taught fourth grade for two years before returning back to Graham Elementary. I have been a fourth grade teacher at Graham ever since it transitioned to a K-4 school.

I am originally from New Jersey but was raised in Murphy, North Carolina. I graduated from Murphy High and attended college at Gardner-Webb University. I received a bachelor degree from Gardner-Webb and a master’s degree from Walden State University.

I have a loving husband, a two-year-old son, and a two-month-old.

What do you like best about your school/work location?
My favorite thing about Graham is the support I receive from my team members and the administration. Our administration team is very supportive and encouraging. I also love that the students see Graham as a safe haven and they understand that as teachers - we love and understand them and we are here to provide support and help during difficult circumstances.

If you could give students one piece of advice, what would it be and why?
I would tell my students to reach for the stars and always dream big. Hard work pays off, and you can be anything you want to be as long as you put in the effort and never give up the dream.

Why is Cleveland County Schools special to you?
Cleveland County Schools is special because it was the place where my dreams came true as a teacher. Ever since I was five years old, I always dreamed of being a teacher. CCS made that dream a reality for me. Also, I love working for a school system that really puts the needs of kids first and looks at ensuring that our children are prepared for the future where they will become successful, contributing citizens to our society.