Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teachable Moments; Helping Youngsters' Self-Esteem Is Her Specialty Her Elementary Schoolstudents at Biltmore Improve Their Grades

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Teachable Moments; Helping Youngsters' Self-Esteem Is Her Specialty Her Elementary Schoolstudents at Biltmore Improve Their Grades

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Byline: Margie Castro

When Carolyn Enoch started her teaching career 37 years ago, she never imagined that through her passion for teaching she would change her students' lives forever.

"Teaching has been a very rewarding experience for me," Enoch said. "I've seen kids who did not have the self-esteem or confidence in themselves accomplish the unthinkable."

Enoch is a varying exceptionalities teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade at Biltmore Elementary School. She works with students who have low self-esteem to help them improve their grades up to three letters. With hard work and dedication, Enoch teaches her students lasting life lessons.

Enoch has made such a positive impact on many of the students she's helped throughout her teaching that many of them became principals, teachers and coaches.

Biltmore Principal Helen Dunbar describes Enoch as a second mom to the students.

"The students love Mrs. Enoch," Dunbar said. "She tries very hard to form relationships with any child that comes on her pathway."

Gary Tinsley was one of Enoch's students 12 years ago. After he failed third grade twice, Tinsley was put in the school's accelerated program where Enoch was an instructor.

"When he first started the program, I noticed the boy was very angry," Enoch said. "I asked, 'Gary, what's wrong?' And he responded, 'Nobody would teach me how to read.' "

After Enoch found out why the young boy was so frustrated, she took his difficulties as a personal challenge. Through her passion and dedication, Enoch taught Tinsley how to read and he was able to move from third grade to fifth grade.

Enoch had an impact on the young boy. She inspired him not only to believe in himself, but also to pursue his dreams and be, as she calls it, "A Can-Do Kid." It's a belief she stresses with every student she helps.

Two years ago, Enoch received a phone call from Tinsley.

"You were my inspiration for me doing what I'm doing now," he said. …

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