Teacher of the Month
Kasey Pegram Tench, Salisbury High School Teacher of the month, is a product of Rowan Salisbury Schools. She was born and raised in Salisbury and has a great love for the community that helped mold the person and educator she is today. She is a proud graduate of East Rowan High School as it was at East that Mrs. Tench fell in love with education. She was enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program, spending every morning as a student intern at Rockwell Elementary. She loved all aspects of the class but one day told her Early Childhood teacher, Mrs. Shatterly, that she didn’t think her passion was in the Early Childhood realm, but she thought she still wanted to be an educator. She remembers telling Mrs. Shatterly, “I think I want to be you when I grow up.” This was when Mrs. Tench learned about the world of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, a program area provided through Career and Technical Education. This concentration narrowed down Mrs. Tench’s choices in colleges, as it was only provided at three colleges and universities in North Carolina, East Carolina University being one of the three. Mrs. Tench graduated from ECU with a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Science Education in May, 2012 and began her first-year teaching at Salisbury High School in August, 2012. The 2019/2020 school year is Mrs. Tench’s 8thyear at SHS but it is the first year for her Early Childhood Education program. This is a program she has been dreaming of since being in the same course, at East Rowan. It is her dream that one day, her ECE students will be leading their own classrooms and enriching the lives of children within the Rowan Salisbury School System just as she is. Mrs. Tench also teaches Parenting and Child Development and has taught a multitude of other courses such as Career Management, Teen Living, and Fashion Merchandising. She is an advisor for National Technical Honor Society and Co-Advisor for the Jr. Civitan’s. She has a deep-rooted love for the students at Salisbury High School and prides herself on all of the relationships she has built within the Salisbury community. She knows that every student has a dream and a purpose, they just need the right mentors in their life to help them find the path that leads to their dreams and full potential.
Free time? That is spent with her husband, Caleb, and their 6 fur children; Ellie May, Huckleberry, Finn, Thomas J, Vanna, and Lucy. Their favorite kind of days are spent together, the 8 of them, curled up on the couch binge watching Netflix.