Mr. James Bowers

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Mr. James Bowers

Time passes quickly as I am heading into my eleventh year at Bladenboro Middle. Although I am not from this area originally, I am proud to be a Bulldog and many of the staff are like family. Initially my
plans were temporary, but I liked it so much I decided to stay.

I received my first degree from Salem College and another in education from Fairmont State University. My career as a teacher goes back to 1985. I have always been in the middle grades setting, with the
exception of a few years while teaching in a private school.

Middle School was a challenge at the start and it remains a challenge today. Liking a good challenge, I guess that is why I am still doing it. So many things have changed over the years. I have learned as much
about myself as I have about the people and students with whom I have had contact. I often wonder what education will be like in the near future. The future of our students will be full of so many
possibilities, it is hard for me to imagine.

I still enjoy learning new things myself. It is difficult to stay ahead of students these days as they are exposed to so much more than we were at the same age. It mind-boggling to think of the amount of
information to which students have access. It is a very interesting time to be in education.

Mrs. Carol Byrd

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Mrs. Carol Byrd

Mrs. Byrd has been teaching for 21 years in grades k-6th grade. She has taught in N.C., as well as, Norfolk, Virginia. She is currently teaching 6th grade math. Mrs. Byrd strives to have her students excel not only in math, but in all aspects of life. She resides in Bladenboro with her husband Brandon Byrd. She has 2 children and 1 granddaughter.

Mrs. Stephanie Thurman

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Mrs. Stephanie Thurman

I am originally from Bladenboro and have been teaching for 17 years. I have taught multiple grade levels from Kindergarten through 7th grade. Currently, I teach 6th grade Science at Bladenboro Middle School and I am having a great time!! I am happily married and have 3 wonderful children. School keeps me very busy, but in my free time, I enjoy traveling, attending concerts, attending sporting events, and having fun and exciting adventures with my family.