The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.


Meet Michelle Ivey

The 2017 NCATA State Teacher Assistant of the Year is Michelle Ivey, a teacher assistant from the Public Schools of Robeson County in District 4. Michelle is an Instructional Assistant at Rowland-Norment Elementary in Lumberton, NC. She has been employed by the Public Schools of Robeson County for the past ten years and during this time she has served as a library assistant, special needs assistant, and currently works with students in First Grade. Assisting over forty students daily during the reading block, she feels she has made a difference in several of her student's lives.

Outside of working at Rowland-Norment she serves as the Production Assistant/Business Manager for the Children's Theater Arts Program through the Public Schools of Robeson County. Michelle has a passion for working with students, and assists the two teachers she is assigned to in order to meet the needs of their students. She is a wife and mother.

A Message from NCATA State Teacher Assistant of the Year, Michelle Ivey

Dear Teacher Assistants, 

Matthew 28 says go and teach all nations. I would like to first thank God for this great honor. Thank you NCATA for believing in me and giving me the honor of being the State TAOY. Thank you to my fellow Teacher Assistants in Robeson County and District 4. 

Recently, I was asked what my Philosophy of Education is. As an Instructional Assistant, I see a great need among children in the diverse cultures we have in our schools. I see a great need of learning and wanting love and attention. I believe every child can learn no matter who they are or what background they come from. I see growth in children, who believe at first that a task is too hard, and eventually gain confidence and then start believing in themselves.

A student told the teacher and myself in my first-grade class that he and another student were doing a math test. He was learning what 100 + 100 was. His answer was “A Zillion.”  It was a priceless moment. If you encourage a child to try, they will give “A Zillion” answers and it is our job to help them arrive at the best one. Implementing strategies and different learning techniques based on each child needs and abilities is much needed in today’s classrooms. I love seeing a child achieve success through personal educational goals that are set for them. With standards changing and the diverse culture we have, I value time well spent educating a child. 

Many times, we are the only positive adult influence in some of these children’s lives. I believe that if you train up a child, and touch them with love they will grow and succeed in life. Behind every school is a great Principal. Behind every Principal is a great Teacher. Behind every Teacher is a great Teacher Assistant.  Behind every Teacher Assistant is a great student. A philosophy of education represents answers to questions about the purpose of schooling, a teacher assistant's role in that education, and what should be taught and by what methods. Our students are our future leaders of tomorrow, and we owe it to them to give them our very best each day.

We should all strive to become the best memory that a student will remember for the rest of their lives.  To each of you as we start or have started the 2017-2018 school year let me say “Thank You” for making a great impact on your students as you strive daily to make that impression on all of our worthwhile students!

Lastly let me just say:

I – I’m
V – Visibly
E – Eagerly
Y – Yours as your State TAOY.


Michelle Ivey
NCATA Teacher Assistant of the Year

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
Fax: 1.800.979.2077

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