Phone: 910-455-2211


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's in Elementary Education K-6 AIG certification

Mrs. Courtney Koonce

My name is Courtney Koonce. I am 35 years old and this is my 13th year teaching. My husband’s name is Clay Koonce, and we live in Richlands with our three boys. Hudson is a third grader, and our four year old twins, Holden and Hunter, are in pre-school.  We also have a very rambunctious German Shorthair Pointer that keeps us very busy. We enjoy spending time together as a family doing things outdoors. We have a camper and a boat, so we like to go on family adventures or little trips where we can have fun away from home. 

Although I like spending time with my family, I really like my "ME" time as well. Some of my favorite things to do when I am by myself is to read using my tablet, sleep in on the weekends (if my children let me), garden, and distress furniture. I like to stay busy or I get bored, so I seem to always have some sort of project going on around my house.

My favorite color is black.

My favorite drink used to be coffee, but recently changed to sweet tea. 

My favorite candy is really any kind of chocolate.

My favorite place to eat in Jacksonville is probably Miyabi Jr.


  • Work Experience:

    I have tutored students since I was in high school.  I have also worked with high school students and adults with mental health needs.

    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

    2017-2020: AVID Site Coordinator

    2018-2019: 5th grade teacher (self-contained, all subjects) - Heritage Elementary School (our new name)

    2019-2020: 5th grade Math and Science teacher - Heritage Elementary

    2020-2021: Onslow Virtual School 5th Grade Teacher


    My educational Information:

    • BA Education in 2007 from UNCW
    • AIG licensure through ECU 2011
    • AVID trained
    • Summer 2019, I started the masters program at ECU for MAEd Middle School Mathematics, but I had to put that on hold spring 2020, due to my mother-in-law’s declining health.



    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.