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Ainsley VanBuskirk (NC '23)


Pactolus Global School
Greenville, NC

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 1

At the time of the Award, Ainsley VanBuskirk was:

Pactolus Global School
Greenville, NC

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 1

Biographical Information

As an advocate for lifelong learning, Ainsley VanBuskirk instills the importance of cultural diversity and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of the world in her students. Through engaging, hands-on activities and incorporation of real-world examples, she encourages students to think critically and independently while promoting problem-solving skills and curiosity, demonstrating that learning is never-ending. VanBuskirk creates a tailored curriculum to accommodate various learning styles while taking special care to ensure that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed. She puts great emphasis on creating an environment that encourages empathy and respectful communication, which prompts further academic and social growth for her students. 
VanBuskirk’s leadership reaches beyond her classroom as she participates on the School Improvement Team, serves as a grade-level chair and a facilitating teacher, while collaborating with international colleagues to determine how best to support dual language instruction and bridge languages to increase student growth and proficiency. She mentors new teachers in the district by helping them acclimate to their new school and district culture and has implemented development programs like Reading Horizons and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), aimed at providing a tailored approach to match academic, social-emotional behavior assessment and instructional resources to each student’s needs. 
VanBuskirk is National Board Certified. She has presented at the Accelerate, Invigorate, Motivate (AIM) state conference on dual language and global initiatives, as well as to administrators during the summer leadership academy. VanBuskirk is frequently invited to conduct professional development workshops for colleagues where she shares best practices, instructional strategies, and technology integration techniques. She is also a member of the District Science Advisory. 
VanBuskirk earned an Associate of Arts from Pitt Community College in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University in 2013. 

Press release: Greenville First Grade Teacher Surprised With $25,000 Milken Educator Award for Innovative Dual-Language Instruction

Ainsley VanBuskirk In The News

LISTEN --> Ainsley VanBuskirk, PCS Teacher of Year
Reed's Podcast  |  Dec 22, 2023

ECU Alumna Receives National Award Recognizing Her Excellence in Teaching
East Carolina University  |  Nov 28, 2023  |  Greenville, NC

Called 'The Oscar of Teaching,' Two NC Educators Win National Milken Educator Award
EdNC  |  Nov 06, 2023  |  Raleigh, NC

Pactolus Teacher Wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
The Daily Reflector  |  Nov 03, 2023  |  Greenville, NC

Pitt County Teacher Surprised with $25,000 National Award
WITN-TV  |  NBC  |  Nov 03, 2023  |  Greenville, NC

WATCH --> Pitt County Teacher Ainsley VanBuskirk Honored with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
WCTI-TV  |  ABC  |  Nov 03, 2023  |  New Bern, NC

WATCH --> Pactolus Global School Teacher Earns National Award
WNCT-TV  |  CBS  |  Nov 03, 2023  |  Greenville, NC

Pactolus Global School Teacher Earns National Award
WNCT-TV  |  CBS  |  Greenville, NC