Carolina Hurricanes December 2023 Teacher of the Month

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Carolina Hurricanes December 2023 Teacher of the Month


Makeba Story


Fairview Elementary

Classroom Team:

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Makeba Story, and I am proud to be a Fairview Elementary Eagle! I am from Atlanta, Georgia, received a Bachelors Degree in communications and public relations, Masters in Early Childhood Education from The University of Georgia, and my Specialist in Early Childhood education from Augusta University. I’ve been teaching four years, I started with first grade, then gifted fourth grade, and I am currently a fifth grade math teacher.

I decided to become a teacher because I truly believe in the power of young people. The scholars that we work with today will be the people who shape the future of tomorrow, and I want to help start that journey. I also teach because I have a passion for helping scholars succeed, and a passion for making a positive impact on student’s lives.

Who is your favorite NHL® player and why?

My favorite player is Sebastian Aho. I truly love the center position and I love the Carolina Hurricanes. Last season he made 36 goals and played 75 games. I also believe that his position is the hardest position on ice, so it shows a true dedication to play that position. Sebastian is one of the captains on the team, and that makes him one of the leaders. We are essentially the same type of position in our respective areas.

What is your favorite part of the Future Goals™program? How do you see STEM in the game of hockey?

My favorite part of the Future Goals program is that it reinforces what goes on in my math classroom. For example, when we worked on area in the classroom I was able to tell my scholars to go to the Future Goals program. They logged into the program and did area problems, so they were able to get a more in depth intervention on a skill they were taught. Scholars love it because it not only shows them math, but they are able to have fun with a math program. It is truly the best.

If you played hockey, what position would you play and why?

If I placed hockey I would play center. I believe it is the hardest position in hockey. The center position is also the most important position on ice. They are involved with most of the face-offs that happen when play restarts. Centers are the high goal scorers and the playmakers of the team. They are the leaders of the team. I resonate with this position the most, because I am the leader of the classroom, and I have the most important job in the school.