A Weed is Just a Flower Growing in the Wrong Place

A weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place.A weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place.

Berea, South Carolina teacher Trevor Barton says this quote, from George Washington Carver, expresses how he sees the children he works with at Berea Elementary School.

“… I always think of the children that I work with, because they can’t read well, oftentimes they feel like weeds or they’re even treated like weeds, and then when you bring them in and really start working with them, you realize that they’re flowers and they grow. It’s pretty remarkable.”

His exemplary work with English Language Learners (ELL) in the school has earned him the title of Teacher of the Year there. And when you look at the numbers, you can see why.

“For the last two years, I’ve had students who’ve increased their MAP scores in reading by over 30 points from fall to spring, and that’s a combination with the classroom teacher. But for us to see a child grow that much in a short period of time is just wonderful.”

It is inspiring to see what a talented, caring teacher can do when empowered with real information on his students’ readiness to learn. This is exactly what we mean when we say the NWEA mission is partnering to help all kids learn.  Congratulations, Mr. Barton – teach on!


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