2017-12-30 / The Bullhorn

Annette Slaughter retiring after 30 years of teaching

By Madison Fuller and Ariel Evans
Bullhorn Editor and Reporter

Annette Slaughter Annette Slaughter Annette Slaughter, AIG coordinator and beginning teacher coach, retired from Roxboro Community School (RCS) this month, after a 30-year career in education.

Slaughter received her high school diploma at Person High School, and then studied at UNC-Greensboro. She completed her teaching credentials at Wake Forest University. Slaughter’s first certification was in high school history.

“Amazingly, I never taught high school,” said Slaughter.

Her first teaching job was that of seventh grade language arts at Northwest Middle School in Winston- Salem in 1987. While there, she taught her future RCS co-worker, Tim Ess, who now teaches sixth grade science.

She also worked in Charleston, South Carolina for a short period of time, before moving back to Person County.

Slaughter’s teaching career in Person County Schools started at North Elementary, where she taught for one year. After North, she went to Northern Middle School for 15 years.

“I have terrific memories of former students and colleagues from that time period and feel blessed when I see or hear from them,” explained Slaughter. “My students will always be my students — even when they are grown.”

Slaughter came to RCS in August 2008, the first year sixth-graders were admitted to the school. She taught sixth grade history along with Ess and Joyce Sugg. The following year, language arts teacher Christa Jones joined the sixth-grade team; this, Slaughter said, was when “the real fun began.

“I will never forget the feeling of pure contentment when reading with my sixth-graders; it is difficult to describe how heartwarming those moments were to me without getting emotional,” said Slaughter.

In 2013, she made the decision to move to eighth grade to teach North Carolina history.

“Originally, I was quite anxious about the grade level change, but the connection I felt with my new teammates helped eliminate all the apprehension,” said Slaughter. “Laughter is an amazing thing.”

Her plans for retirement include sleeping in past 5:20 a.m., trying yoga or tai chi, cooking healthy meals, and possibly taking a trip to Alaska.

“I am one of those weird people who loves winter; so I hope to travel to Alaska and experience its beauty,” she said.

With RCS being a 6-12 school, Slaughter has been able to watch students grow up.

“It has been a gift being able to witness the transformations of students, changing from insecure middle schoolers to confident young adults,” said Slaughter.

“Teaching is not easy, but I feel truly blessed to have been able to do what I love for these 30 years,” she said. “To my former students, please remember to strive for excellence in your life and know that I will carry you in my heart forever.”

“I would like to send a special ‘thank you’ to those who have supported me behind the scenes – my husband, family, and friends,” said Slaughter.

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