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Mrs. Beth Rickerts

Hello Viking Nation

A little about me 

Time flies when you are having fun!  This is my 19th year as a math or social studies teacher at NWMS. I have elementary experience in both Oklahoma and California.  I took several years off to raise my children before returning to my North Carolina classroom when my youngest entered Kindergarten at Stokesdale.

I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in elementary education, with certifications in language arts and social studies.          GO COWBOYS!!!   

I received my M.Ed in curriculum and instruction with math emphasis from the University of Texas, Arlington.

I was in a two year cohort earning my Advanced Learner certification from High Point University.   

I was invited to help write NC Final assessment questions for the State Department of Education.  I was also invited to be a DOE reviewer for the new 2021 Social Studies Standards.  I am a beginning teacher mentor and evaluated new teachers' portfolios for Pearson Education.

In addition to teaching, I help prepare middle schoolers for the NWHS Marching Band Color Guard Program.

I have been married to Jay for over 30 years and we have three amazing children.  Jay is a backyard astronomer. He helps Mr. Groce and Mr. McNicholas with the NWMS astronomy club which meets at Oak Ridge Park on Fridays when there are clear skies.

My oldest child, Seth graduated from NWHS and App State with a major in geology.  Seth studied abroad in Italy and was able to observe the K-T boundary.  I use his travels to help explain the geography and history of Italy. He married Shauna, another NWHS and App State graduate! She is earned her doctorate degree recently and is a now a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. They live in Raleigh with the most precious gift, my granddaughter.  Go MOUNTAINEERS!

Grace graduated from NWHS and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in business administration and marketing at their Belk School of Business.  She studied abroad in Europe and I use her experiences to help teach geography and history.  She is now an associate buyer for Belks.  GO 49ers!

Faith graduated from NWHS and North Carolina State University with a degree in Fashion and Textiles Management with a concentration in Fashion Development and Product Management. She now lives in Charlotte and works as a Fit Tech for Cato Corporation. Go WOLFPACK!

When I have time, I enjoy reading, learning more about history, playing with our dogs and researching genealogy. 

Fall Family Picture-2019