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With more than 40 years of teaching experience, Mrs. Weaver continues to serve as a positive impact in the lives of her students. Since joining the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) in 2015, she has made it her mission to help her students achieve their goals and ultimately give back to the community.

To learn more about her, read the brief Q&A below:


Q: When did you start working at GYAC?

A: “I started working at GYAC in 2015. I worked with Mrs. McKinney in the Sonday Reading Program for about four years. We identified students who needed assistance in reading skills. We would work with them on word pronunciation, vowel and consonant sounds, and assist them in building their reading skills.”


Q: What grade level do you teach and why?

A: “I have been teaching fourth grade for about three years. I wanted to expand my abilities to offer more instruction, support, and open up a different avenue to work with kids.” Mrs. Weaver enjoys working with this age group because “it’s challenging.”


Q: How have your life experiences prepared you to be a teacher at GYAC?

A: Mrs. Weaver has traveled to multiple places around the world, which has offered humbling experiences. “I have been to Japan, Spain, Morocco, and Gibraltar. We are so blessed and take things for granted. When you see what other people, especially those in foreign countries, are going through, you are thankful for what you have. I try to share the things that I have learned with my students,” inspiring them to use their opportunities to “do more and give back.”


Q: What’s one thing you want people to know about you?

A: “I am trustworthy.” Mrs. Weaver also describes herself as someone who is “honest, willing to give, and always available to help someone else achieve a goal.” “I enjoy working with kids and within the community.” She has influenced multiple generations of students throughout the years. “When I was teaching in Fort Pierce, I had a student who I worked with for four years. That student graduated, but when I came to GYAC, I had the opportunity to work with his son. I feel like I have a lot to offer, and it gives me a good feeling to know that I have something that I can give to someone else to help them to achieve and move up the ladder.”


Q: What’s the most unique thing that you’ve ever done?

A: “Ride a camel in Morocco. It was the scariest thing that I’ve ever done. It was fun, but scary.”

Mrs. Weaver and another person pose for a photo while riding camels in Morocco.

GYAC is happy to have Mrs. Weaver back for another exciting school year. She has profoundly impacted the lives of her students throughout the years, and we look forward to seeing how she continues to do so. Be sure to follow us on social media to receive the latest updates about our programs.

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