Teachers of the Year: Kylie Peek

Teachers of the Year: Kylie Peek
Posted on 10/29/2018
Ms. Kylie Peek is the North Buncombe District Teacher of the Year!By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Barnardsville Elementary School first-grade teacher Kylie Peek strives to make her classroom a place of encouragement and fun.

“Every day I strive for smiles,” she said. “I’m a positive person, and my teaching style is very active. We’re dancing; we’re up and moving.”

Peek is Barnardsville’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, and at the May school board meeting she was named North Buncombe District Teacher of the Year. First grade, she said, is a pivotal year, where children meet the challenges of reading, writing, and math. They also grow into independent thinkers.

“I think first-grade is the most important year of a student’s education,” Peek said. “I’m teaching them how to read, which is one of the most important life skills I could give them. And I teach them how to be kind and generous and caring. I want them to be aware of others – their community and the world. I take that very, very seriously.”

Barnardsville Principal Jason Miller said Peek is an advocate for her students.

“She wants what’s best for them, and she’s deeply involved in the community and the school,” he said. “She makes sure her students’ social and emotional needs are met so they are prepared to learn.”

Peek said her high school history teacher inspired her passion for making a difference in the lives of children. Through a college Teaching Fellows scholarship, she explored classrooms around the U.S. and the world.

“I realized that that’s where my heart is,” she said. “I saw the magnitude of what I could do with my life if I became a teacher, and I’ve known ever since then that that’s what I want to do.”

Peek is one of seven classroom teachers selected as a district teacher of the year out of the 1,700 teachers in the BCS system. She and the other six district winners will be featured in an upcoming special video produced by the BCS Communications Department. One of the seven district winners will be selected as the overall BCS Teacher of the Year.

This story was adapted from a BuncombeSchools.org Top Story, complete with a photo gallery.