Moore Teacher Write-Ups: Tiffany Kramer

Tiffany Kramer knows it’s tough for students to focus on abstract concepts. Based on what she learned early on, the first-grade teacher at McDeeds Creek Elementary uses a creative combination to help youngsters gain interest.

Her idea to mix things is based on what her math teacher, Mr. Love, did to give numbers and equations a real-world feel.

“He was a great teacher,” Tiffany, a graduate of Union Pines High, said. “He used to teach using an overhead projector. He turned math class into fun time. He changed the game by having us apply what we learned to things in life.”

Along with what she observed in Love’s classes, Tiffany noticed something inspiring while babysitting.

“Every child learns differently,” she said. “I decided teaching might be a good option. It kind of took off from there.”

McDeeds Creek is the largest elementary school in the county. It has seven first-grade teachers.

With that kind of dynamic, there’s no shortage of insight when an instructor faces hurdles.

“We work well together,” Tiffany said. “Everyone can put in their part. We create one large lesson plan for the week.”

In her 18th year of teaching, Tiffany has worked with eight principals in her career. She appreciates the direction provided by Dr. Molly Capps, the principal at McDeeds Creek.

“She has the highest expectations but is your biggest supporter,” Tiffany, who graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, said.

After spending her first 13 years at Vass-Lakeview Elementary — a school she attended as a child — Tiffany heard about opportunities at McDeeds Creek.

“With McDeeds Creek, I knew they would hire some of our teachers from Vass-Lakeview,” she said.

Her eventual decision to make a change has proved beneficial. 

“All the first grade belongs to each one of us,” Tiffany, the mother of two, said. “All of us have our strengths. The team at McDeeds is awesome. If there’s an issue, they’re on it.” 

The chance for professional growth has been another bonus.

“Math has always been a strong suit for me,” Tiffany said. “The more I learn how to teach students to read, it’s rewarding.”

When not teaching, Tiffany keeps busy with her own kids. She does, though, have a favorite place to relax.     

“The beach is my happy place,” she said.

Feature photo: McDeeds Creek Elementary School teacher Tiffany Kramer. Photo provided.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel reporter Dave Lukow. Dave has been honored as both a lyricist and screenwriter. Among other publications he’s contributed to are the Buffalo News, JD Journal, Beckett Hockey, Seminole Player’s Life, Poker Pro, Walmart World, and All In.

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