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Lourdes Riera Winters (A.B.Ed. ’73) awarded Iredell-Statesville Schools Teacher of the Year

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Lourdes Riera Winters

Lourdes Winters was recently named the Iredell-Statesville Schools Teacher of the Year. Winters is the English department chair at North Iredell High School in Olin, N.C. 

Her enthusiasm for her students’ success is evident through her extensive Web page, complete with class-by-class schedules and a detailed guide titled “How to Succeed in This Class.”

Also fluent in Spanish, Winters uses her bilingual skills to teach a SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) class at North Iredell High. This English class is designed specifically for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Winters follows the SIOP Model to provide high quality instruction in the content area of English to students who are English Learners, helping them acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency. After she has worked with the students, Winters works closely with an ESL teacher to place the students in the appropriate class level.

“These students find not only an inspirational teacher in her room, but also a safe haven.  They know she really does understand their obstacles with the English language and with American culture,” says Penny Hedrick, principal of North Iredell High School.

Winters has extended her passion for English beyond the school and into the community. She has led an adult discussion group on one of her favorite novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, at the Iredell County Public Library. 

“Students are held to a high standard of performance and accountability while anxiously anticipating their next class session in her room,” says Hedrick.  “Her experience, reputation and National Board Certification for over 10 years add to her ability to impact local and state policies and programs.”