Schools and districts across the country celebrated American Education Week November 12-17th. It was fitting that the Board of Education took time during their November 20th board meeting to recognize and honor Currituck County’s 2012-13 Teachers of the Year, and Teacher Assistants of the Year for their professionalism and dedication to providing quality public education for every student in Currituck County Schools.
The Teacher of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year selection process began last spring with one teacher and one teacher assistant being chosen to represent their school. From these school representatives, candidates were interviewed and the winner selected by a committee of retired educators and community members. The Board of Education presented each of them with a plaque. County winners in each category also received a monetary award.
Representing The J. P. Knapp Early College High School and Currituck County as Teacher of the Year is Bo Davenport. Mr. Davenport is a Health and Fitness teacher and has been very involved in promoting and implementing the PEP Grant program initiatives.
Other distinguished teachers recognized by their school as Teacher of the Year:
• Molly Hurdle, Central Elementary School;
• Deb Butler, Currituck County High School;
• Kathy Blades, Currituck County Middle School;
• Beth Williams, Jarvisburg Elementary;
• Wendy Burgett, Shawboro Elementary;
• Donna McCloud, Knotts Island Elementary School;
• Julianne Iorio, Moyock Elementary School;
• Melanie Anderson, Moyock Middle School;
• Susan Hamlin, Dr. W T Griggs Elementary School.
Representing Shawboro Elementary and Currituck County as Teacher Assistant of the Year is David Ayers. Mr. Ayers serves Shawboro as the PE Teacher Assistant and like Mr. Davenport, has been influential in the positive impacts of the training and implementation of the PEP grant initiatives.
Other distinguished Teacher Assistants of the Year are:
• Amy Baker, Central Elementary School;
• Barbara Griffin, Currituck County High School;
• Dawn O’Donnell, Jarvisburg Elementary;
• Annette Samborski, JP Knapp Early College;
• Robin Peterson, Knotts Island Elementary School;
• Teresa Sawyer, Moyock Elementary School;
• Bobbie Johnson, Moyock Middle School;
• Maxine Statts, Dr. W T Griggs Elementary School.
District puts spotlight on Central Elementary
Central Elementary School Principal Daun Belangia highlighted a few of the innovative instructional projects her students and staff have been engaged in during recent studies related to elections and Veteran’s Day.
Layla Valentine and Lilly Brewton, 4th grade students from Mrs. Marlene Resto’s class, working under the guidance of AIG teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Barnes, shared with the Board investigative reports relaying their learning of the history and practices surrounding elections.
In addition, Media Specialist Diane Ross organized a “museum” display of items related to the military. This display was featured in a video that showed how it was shared with students through guest speakers currently serving or retired from service. Veterans told stories of their experiences and focused on their contributions to the country.
Outgoing Board of Education members, Amy Innes and John E. Barnes were recognized for their service to the schools, students, and community during the Nov. 20 board meeting.
Both Innes and Barnes chose not to run for re-election and will be replaced by newly elected board members Mrs. Dwan Craft and Mrs. Darnell Gaddis who will be sworn in at the December meeting. Chairman Dr. Bill Dobney thanked Mrs. Innes and Mr. Barnes and presented them both with a plaque on behalf of the Board and school system.
In addition to this recognition, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson attended the meeting to present Mr. John E. Barnes with the prestigious Long Leaf Pine award for his 36 years of continuous service as a board member in Currituck County.