Mr. Courtine is excited to join the staff at Willow Springs Elementary. He comes with a Master in Education; Instructional Technology degree from NC State and 15 1/2 years of experience teaching in Wake County. He spent 10 years teaching 5th grade at Davis Drive Elementary before getting married and moving to Fuquay Varina. There he taught one year of 5th grade and one year of a K-5 math extension at Ballentine Elementary. In 2009, he helped open Herbert Akins Road Elementary as the Technology Coordinator. He taught all the computer classes, and he set up and maintained all the equipment in the school.
Mr. Courtine believes that every child has great potential and the way to reach that potential is through new challenges. He believes each student should:
-take personal responsibility for all aspects of behavior and effort
-accept challenges that demand learning new ways of thinking and problem-solving
-work through frustrations with a positive attitude realizing that there is huge growth at the end
-be a leader that sets a positive example for others
Mr. Courtine lives in Fuquay Varina with his wife and two sons. His older son is thrilled to be starting Kindergarten this year at WSES, and the younger son will hopefully join us next year. In his spare time Mr. Courtine loves fulfilling his duties as a husband and a father, serving in his church, woodworking, and training for the Beach 2 Battleship Half Ironman Triathlon this October.