Patricia Laney teaches fourth grade at Murray Elementary School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her Master of Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University. Mrs. Laney firmly believes that it is her responsibility to work with the whole child. She feels it is her duty to prepare the students not just academically, but to instill in them the knowledge that they are competent, capable people who can learn. Her principal writes, "I can say that without a doubt she is the most energetic, enthusiastic teacher that I have met." A former student states, "She strives to challenge all of her students to their fullest potential and not many teachers are able to achieve that." A new teacher writes, "Pat Laney was my inspiration. When I looked at her, I saw the person I wanted to be."

2007 winner, Patricia A. Laney
Patricia A. Laney 4th Grade Teacher
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