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Wilkes County Schools

Hear from Christy Jolly about teaching first graders to read at Wilkes County Schools.

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Meet Christy Jolly

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Wilkes County Schools is a great place to be! As a Reading Specialist, I had the opportunity to visit several of our elementary schools. Some of the elementary schools are very large while some are quite small. All of these elementary schools had so much to offer their teachers and students. The administrators and teachers are dedicated individuals who want the best for their students. I consider it a true blessing to have worked in the Wilkes County School district for my entire teaching career.


  • First Grade Teacher



  • Teacher of the Year, Wilkes County Schools 2019-2020
  • National Board Certification - Early and Middle Childhood-Literacy/Language Arts Initial Certification, 2005; Renewed, 2014
  • Wilson Reading Certification - Extensive Training in Multisensory, Orton-Gillingham Reading Methods 2009

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Why I Teach

As an elementary teacher, a big part of my inspiration each year is watching my first graders grow from a non-reader to a great reader. I have had and continue to have a front row seat to witnessing a child go through the stages of learning to read throughout the year. This never gets old. Nothing makes me prouder than to see my students succeed, knowing I have helped to give them the skills they need for the future. The smile on their face when they realize they are reading and are being successful is in itself a great reward. I am truly fortunate to do what I am so passionate about for a living. It is so much more than just a job. Knowing I am changing lives for the better every day in my classroom is truly fulfilling and inspires me to continue to do the most important job in the world: teaching.

Wilkes County Schools by the numbers

  • 765

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 8,750

    Engaged Learners

About Wilkes County Schools

  • About

    Wilkes County is in the Northwest Foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with stunning scenic views and small-town charm. Wilkes County Schools is one of the largest districts in the Northwest region of the state and serves 9,300 students in 22 schools. Our goal, as we hold our youth to high standards, is to empower them to be leaders in the global community as well as a source of pride to parents, teachers, and our community.

  • Teaching in Wilkes County Schools

    Wilkes County Schools is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and to the belief that all students can learn. Our goal is to promote high expectations for student success through a partnership of school, home, and community.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Wilkes County Schools salary and benefits are competitive in the local educational market as well as across the state of North Carolina. In addition to state salary and benefits, the district offers many ancillary benefits such as dental insurance, life insurance, flexible spending, and many more.

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