Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's in Elementary Education K-6 AIG certification
Mrs. Courtney Koonce
My name is Courtney Rhodes Koonce. I was born and raised in the very small town of Beulaville, North Carolina. It is the town west of Richlands. I graduated from East Duplin High School in 2003 and from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in December of 2007. Upon graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, I accepted a maternity leave position in kindergarten at B.F. Grady Elementary School in Duplin County. Following that position, I was fortunate to have been hired at Richlands Primary in February of 2008 to teach a second grade class. I taught second grade for 10 years. This year will be my second year teaching 5th grade at Heritage Elementary School of Richlands. I will be teaching Math and Science. I am so excited!
I got married on February 6, 2010 to Clay Koonce of Richlands. We moved to a small neighborhood in Richlands shortly after. We have 3 boys. Hudson is in 2ndt grade, twin boys, Holden and Hunter that are 3, and our German Shorthair Pointer.
I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in December 2007. I am certified to teach K-6. I was selected to participate in a cohort in Onslow County through East Carolina University to get my licensure in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Instruction that began in the summer of 2010. I completed the courses in July 2011 to become AIG certified! I have also been AVID trained and am the AVID site coordinator for our school. I am excited to help implement AVID schoolwide at Heritage Elementary.
In the summer of 2019, I started the Masters Program at ECU in Greenville to obtain MAEd in Mathematics Education, Middle School.
2007: Student Internship at B.F. Grady Elementary School Kindergarten/Maternity position in kindergarten December-January
February 2008-2018: Second Grade Teacher at Richlands Primary School
Summer 2008: Summer School First Grade
Summer 2009: Summer School Second Grade
Summer 2010: Summer School Second Grade
Summer 2011: Summer School Second Grade / AIG camp in Greenville (5th grade)
Summer 2013: AIG Summer Camp - Camp Invention @ JCE (2nd-5th grades)
Summer 2015: Summer School for rising second graders
2017-present: AVID Site Coordinator
2018-2019: 5th grade teacher (self-contained, all subjects) - Heritage Elementary School (our new name)
2019-Present 5th grade Math and Science teacher - Heritage Elementary School
2019-Science Olympiad Coach - Heritage Elementary School
I have tutored students since I was in high school. I have also worked with high school students and adults with mental health needs.
Professional Mission Statement: As a teacher, I will encourage students to always believe in themselves, try their very best, learn from their mistakes, and never give up.