Tim Fox’s mother was a teacher, he had grandparents who were educators, and several members of his extended family also teach, so there was little surprise when he went into the family business 23 years ago in Charlotte, N.C.
Since moving to Horry County in 2008, Fox has made building relationships with Myrtle Beach area students and their families a priority. It’s an approach that helped him earn Rockin’ Jump Myrtle Beach’s Teacher of the Month award in December.
Now in his fourth year at River Oaks Elementary School, Fox and his third grade class were delighted with the honor, which also netted his students jump passes to Rockin’ Jump, Myrtle Beach’s premier trampoline park.
“My class was very excited, and I was very flattered,” Fox said of the award. “My job is to serve the families and to get noticed for that in any way was a huge honor.”
As the nation continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, the relationships Fox places such a priority on building are more important than ever.
“A lot of families are struggling right now,” he said. “The way I grew up isn’t how my children are growing up. They just need someone to listen, to understand. Just listening to a family and learning where they are coming from opens up doors and helps make them willing to work with you … I’m not going to judge, I’m going to try and help.”
Fox is particularly close with this year’s class, the vast majority of which he taught last year as second graders. Teachers don’t typically stay with a class for a second year but at the urging of students and their families, Fox was able to do so.
When he isn’t in the classroom, Fox, a single father of four – triplet 9-year-old boys and a 5-year-old daughter – looks forward to the opportunity to spend time with his kids and enjoy some exercise.