Poplin Elementary School teacher inspires students through creative ways


INDIAN TRAIL, NC (FOX 46) — FOX 46 Charlotte is continuing to honor teachers who are getting results. This week, FOX 46 surprised a teacher at Poplin Elementary in Indian Trail – who has a different way of looking at the classroom. 

“When I kept walking past her classroom, I was like, I want to be in this classroom,” Ben Kissinger, a 10-year-old student at Poplin Elementary said. 

Miss Kim Peck has her own way of setting up a classroom. 

“My brother who is a teacher mentioned that on the first day of school, he lets kids pick their seats and I though that’s an interesting idea,” Miss Peck said. 

That idea eventually turned into picking what kind of seats, from cushions to a normal desk to no seat at all. 

“Whenever I do my work, I like standing, so I chose this one because you can sit on the stool or stand,” Antonio Munoz, a 10-year-old student at Poplin Elementary said. 

“If they’re comfortable, they’re going to learn best. So with the different seating, I think they’re most comfortable,” Miss Peck explained. 

Helping students be the best they can be – that’s been Miss Peck’s goal since she was the same age as her fifth graders. 

“I struggled when I was in school, particularly in reading. So I wanted to help kids overcome any struggles that they had,” she said. 

That’s what she’s been doing for more than two decades now. 

“She notices little things you struggle at and she’ll help you with them,” Nyla Scruse, a 10-year-old student explained. 

“The more we notice about kids and how they are on their own smart and recognize that, that really helps the kids grow and blossom and become the people they’re really supposed to be,” Miss Peck said. 

It’s really no mystery why Miss Peck is a FOX 46 Charlotte Teacher Getting Results – though Miss Peck never saw it coming. 

We were there to honor her –  but her first instinct was to give her students part of her gift from Bojangles. 

“Oh wow! I think we’re going to Bojangles guys!” she said. 

At the end of the day, it’s not the seating arrangement but Miss Peck herself that makes her classroom what it is. Folks can see that in the notes left for her by current and former students. 

“I love what I do and I don’t do it for attention or recognition, but at the same time it’s nice to be recognized. So I felt special that I was being recognized for what I do,” Miss Peck said. 

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