Cary Magazine June July 2015

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Adam Mitchell

ADVICE: “Be yourself and be fully commit-


ted to what you do; the results of your hard work will be more rewarding that way.”

POSITION: Seventh-grade Healthful Living

KARLA NANTZ POSITION: Social studies teacher at Cary High School; co-sponsor CHS Students for South Sudan; finalist for 2015 WCPSS Teacher of the Year

Karla Nantz


edge I gained as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow has helped me hone my instruction, build lasting relationships with students, and prepare for the challenges of being an educator. In November 2014 I achieved National Board Certification, and in the process learned what it means to truly be a reflective practitioner and foster a collaborative learning environment.” MOTIVATION: “I grew up as an only child in

a large, loving extended family. My grandparents were hard-working, positive role models and my parents modeled responsibility, a strong work ethic and empathy. My husband completes me; I couldn’t ‘do life’ without him. I have a deep passion for Jesus and His example to serve others. My primary motivation in life and work is to make each of them proud.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “With students,

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I attempt to impart the wisdom of Albus Dumbledore, who said, ‘It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’” FUN FACT: “I’m passionate about rescue

dogs and responsible pet ownership. My husband and I have three rescue dogs, and have fostered dogs. When I was very young my mom asked if I would rather have a brother or a sister. My reply was, ‘I want a dog!’”

teacher; coach and intramural programs director at Holly Ridge Middle School; finalist for 2014 WCPSS Teacher of the Year FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “I’ve

developed an afterschool intramural sports program that gives all students the chance to be physically active and part of sports teams, regardless of skill level. These programs provide opportunities for improving physical health, building confidence and self-esteem, providing positive social interactions, and helping students to feel more connected at school. I’ve also enjoyed coordinating healthy fundraisers such as Hoops for Heart for the American Heart Association.” BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Maintaining a

well-balanced life. I’m pursuing a master’s degree and writing my thesis, and got married in March. I attempt to be extremely focused when it’s time to work, and avoid procrastination. I also do my best to leave work at work.” GUIDING PHILOSOPHY: “To love and serve

God and others. People and relationships should take priority over things that have to get done. We often get so caught up in the 10 percent of life that’s hard that we forget 90 percent of life is great! Perspective dictates attitude, which influences actions, which can ultimately determine one’s life path.” FUN FACT: “I happen to be naturally tal-

ented at standing on my head. Literally.” ADVICE: “Take action. There’s rarely a con-

venient time to make your vision or ideas come to life; it will almost always require hard work and determination.”


ADVICE: “In North Carolina, we are losing

POSITION: CEO and creative designer

teachers at an alarming rate. Not only do we owe high quality education to our students, but also to their parents, our communities and businesses which thrive on critical thinkers, problem solvers and compassionate individuals. To aspiring leaders in the teaching profession, I say, ‘We need you!’”

at Zankhna Designs, offering sociallyconscious clothing; co-founder of Parekh Family Foundation FAVORITE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: “Coming

to the U.S. from Africa on my own at 17. I put myself through school, got a master’s continued on page 52 CARY MAGAZINE 51