A teacher that is described as outstanding, works tirelessly, takes pride in his work and is constantly striving to improve and grow, is a teacher that every parent can hope for their child. Third grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School, Michael Bridge is described as all of these things, and that is why he is Pitt County Schools’ Employee of the Month for September.
Bridge has held several leadership positions at Northwest. He is grade level chair, a School Improvement Team representative, and a buddy teacher to support beginning teachers at his school. Bridge is known for his dedication to his students’ academics. A fellow teacher said that Bridge’s students actually cheered when Bridge told them they would be doing a practice EOG test. The teacher said that “to have that kind of passion beaming from his children speaks volumes for him as a teacher, leader and role model. The dedication that he shows will reflect on his students’ achievements.”
Bridge has worked consistently to make each of his students embrace learning and have fun while doing it. It is said in his nomination letter that “Mr. Bridge has created a positive classroom atmosphere with high expectations, where his children genuinely love learning and possess a strong desire to grow as learners…If every classroom in Pitt County were like his, our children would be so fortunate and would achieve great success in life.”
Northwest Elementary Principal Dennis Teel said, “Mike is very committed to his students’ success. He breeds confidence in students and helps them believe in themselves. The environment he creates in his classroom is one where students are highly motivated, eager to perform, and willing to encourage and help one another.”
Congratulations Michael Bridge for your honor and thank you for all you do for your school and community!