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Missy Pace named Ralph Askins School's ‘Teacher of the Year’

For Missy Pace, Ralph Askins School’s “Teacher of the Year”, watching students grow from day one in her classroom to reaching milestones throughout the school year is the most gratifying part of her job.

The 15-year teaching veteran, in her ninth year with Fayetteville City Schools, has taught everything from third to ninth grades and currently teaches third grade ELA.

“Without a doubt, the most rewarding part of my job is the privilege of working with kids from so many different levels and backgrounds,” Pace said. “It's such a tremendous honor to be able to meet kids where they are and watch them grow throughout the course of the school year. 

“For many kids, third grade is the year they really learn to love to read, and it is incredibly exciting to be a part of that,” she added. “Being a part of our small system is also rewarding because I get to stay connected to my students as they grow; I've had the privilege of having students that I've taught in the classroom come back to my room as juniors and seniors to be peer educators.”

Dr. Bridgette Jones, school principal, said the administration of Ralph Askins School is pleased to honor Pace as the 2019-2020 “Teacher of the Year”.

“Mrs. Pace's commitment to early literacy education and her passion for teaching reading to our students make her a perfect candidate for this honor,” Jones said. “We are proud to have her as a part of the RAS family.”

Pace said she is honored to represent Askins School as “Teacher of the Year” but notes she is privileged to be just one part of a team of hard-working, caring educators.

“I was definitely shocked,” she said of earning “Teacher of the Year” honors. “We have so many great teachers in our building that deserve it more than I do! I think we all work hard trying to provide the best we can for the kids in our room. I love being part of a team of educators that truly has what's best for kids at heart and works so hard to provide for their educational and emotional needs.”