Meet SBE's Teacher of the Year - Wanda Conaway
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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wanda Conaway - SBE`s Teacher of the Year
Wanda Conaway - SBE`s Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Conaway is a native of Iowa, who came to North Carolina in 1989 by way of the US Navy. After serving for 7 years, her husband, (a retired Navy Chief) and Mrs. Conaway decided to make NC their permanent home. Mrs. Conaway has three beautiful daughters as well! She loves to travel, sew, crochet, scrapbook, garden, write, read, bake, shop, craft, paint, and spend time with her family on the beach.

Mrs. Conaway loves teaching! She attended and received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She has taught children in 4th and 5th grade in a combined classroom, Kindergarten and 2nd grade. She enjoys teaching at Swansboro Elementary and working with caring, professional colleagues. "Learning is a life-long journey; it never ends."


Mrs. Conaway's Teaching Philosophy

The Mission for our class is to excel in all that we do. “No two children are alike. No two children learn in the identical way. An enriched environment for one student is not necessarily enriched for another. In the classroom we should teach children to think for themselves.” Marian Diamond.  To that end, I try to create multiple paths so that students of different abilities, interest or learning needs experience equally appropriate ways to absorb, use, develop and present concepts as a part of the daily learning process. It allows students to take greater responsibility and ownership for their own learning and provides opportunities for peer teaching and cooperative learning.



Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Spencer School of Business in Spencer, Iowa.


Associate of Science degree in Biology from Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina.


Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina.



4th and 5th grade multi-age class at Delalio Elementary School, New River Air Station, NC.


5th grade at Summersill Elementary School, Jacksonville, NC.


Kindergarten at Swansboro Elementary School, Swansboro, NC.


2nd Grade (my favorite!) at Swansboro Elementary School, Swansboro, NC


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