February 11, 2013
After nearly four decades of service in Orange County Public Schools, one retired teacher is still leaving her impact on the education community. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19’s Stephanie Satchell is featuring Ernestine Reid.
Ernestine Reid is no stranger to Orange Elementary School.
After retiring from teaching 5th grade just two years ago, she's back inspiring young students.
“I think that I am truly blessed that I could be a role model hopefully for young people,” said Ernestine Reid, Retired Teacher.
At the first ever Ernestine Reid student achievement awards ceremony, Reid honored dozens of children during black history month. She recognized them for having characters of perseverance, friendship and sportsmanship like famous Africans including Martin Luther King, Maya Angelo, and Jackie Robinson and more.
“When we planned this award tonight, we didn't think about anybody else but Mrs. Reid. It’s the kind of person that you want people to remember and when we thought about famous black Americans, Mrs. Reid was the first on our list,” said Sharon Mohrmann, Gifted & Talented Specialist, Orange Elementary School.
For all 38 years of her career, Reid taught in the same school educating, encouraging, and preparing students for a bright future.
“When you were in her classroom, you knew she meant business and the expectations were high. Low performing kids raised high and high performing kids even went higher,” said Jenny Potter, Instructional Coach, Orange Elementary School.
Not only did she help students excel, she was also a mentor for new teachers in the classroom.
“If a teacher saw something in me and was willing to encourage me to go forward and have my dream then it was my goal that I would do the same thing for somebody else and pass it on,” said Reid.
Former colleagues, students and parents in attendance say Ernestine Reid is a hero for all that she's given to the school and Orange County.
But Reid says she's no hero.
“I'm just an ordinary person that God has allowed to do something evidently extraordinary.