2019-2020 Teacher of the Year!

Courtney Dinwiddie – 3rd Grade

Heritage third-grade teacher, Courtney Dinwiddie, has been nominated by her peers as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year! Ms. Dinwiddie has taught for six years with five of those years being at Heritage. She comes to us from Missouri where she taught second grade for one year in Joplin. Before that, she attended Drury University in Springfield, MO – GO PANTHERS! Ms. Dinwiddie works hard to reach all of her students and goes out of her way to make sure all students are successful.

Favorite teaching quote:

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” – Haim Ginott