• Congratulations to our 2023 Teacher of the Year

    Mrs. Abadesa Ochoa, ESL Teacher


    Checkout her Teacher Stats:


    -born in Miami, FL


    -attended Florida Atlantic University

    -Bachelor of Science in K-6 Elementary Education

    Educational Experience:

    -been teaching for 17 years

    -began teaching in Florida

    -has worked at DLES for 9 years

    Awards & Recognitions:

    -2017 Teacher of the Year

    -2017 PLAY (Piedmont Learning Academic for the Youth) Music Volunteer of the Year

    -2023 Teacher of the Year

     Leadership & School Involvement:

    -PAWS/PBIS Committee

    -Clean & Green

    -Safety Patrol

    -Hispanic Heritage

    -Multicultural Committee

    -Cinco De Mayo Celebration

    -Mentor, Lead Mentor 2022-2023

    Community Involvement:

    -PLAY Music (Piedmont Learning Academic for the Youth) Volunteer



    -playing sports


    -parents born in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

    -oldest of 3 children, has 1 brother and 1 sister

    -husband is an aviation technician

    -three sons

    Colleagues say this about Mrs. Ochoa:

    -She is an ESL teacher but a champion of all students.

    -She is active in school events, an asset to the school, as she cares about students and colleagues.


    Congratulations to Our Classified Employee of the Year

    Ms. Tiffani Cash, Reach Associate


    Checkout her Stats:


    -from Baltimore, Maryland

    -relocated to Durham, NC and then Winston-Salem, NC at age 5

    -attended Latham Elementary in 1st grade and then Cash Elementary and Kernersville Middle School

    -graduated from East Forsyth High School (3 years on Homecoming Court, FBLA, Senior Girls Club)


    -currently a senior of Winston-Salem State University (Dean’s List, 3.93 GPA, aspires to graduate Summa Cum Laude December 2023 with a BA in Elementary Education with a focus in K-6 Teacher Licensure)

    -2017 Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Stanly Community College

    Educational Experience:

    -worked in education for 6 years

    -2017: began working for WSFCS

    -Kindergarten Teacher Assistant at Ibraham Elementary School

    -Long-term Kindergarten and First Grade Sub

    -2019-2020: administrative assistant to the superintendent in SC School District 7

    -2020-2021: 4th grade Long Term Sub at DLES

    -2021-2022: 2nd grade Summer School Teacher

    -currently a Reach Associate in 5th grade

    Awards & Recognitions:

    -2018-2019 Classified Employee of the Year

    -2019-2020 Employee of the Year

    -2021-2022 United Way Chair/Top 3 School Highest Funds Raised

    -2022-2023 WSSU Dean’s List with 3.93 GPA

    -2022-2023 Classified Employee of the Year

    Community Involvement:

    -small business owner: TAAC Delicacies www.taacenterpsise4.com catering business

    -member of St. Peter’s World Outreach Center


    -studying the Bible and praying

    -spending time with children and fiancé

    Special Skills:



    -fiance: Alphona Cremedy

    -children: Ariyah and Aiden, students of DLES and known as the “Cremedy Twins”

    Colleagues say this about Ms. Cash:

    -Ms. Cash is the direct reflection of WSFCS Core Values and a true team player.

    -Ms. Cash does the absolute most with so much enthusiasm.


    Congratulations to our Certified Instructional Support Person of the Year

    Mrs. Amanda Gordon, Magnet Coordinator


    Checkout her stats:


    -born in Winston-Salem and grew up in Westfield, NC

    -attended Nancy Reynolds Elementary and North Stokes Jr & Sr High Schools

    -2000 High School Valedictorian, Homecoming Court, BETA Club, Chief Junior Marshall


    -Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art Education with K-12 Teaching Licensure from UNCG

    -K-12 AIG Certification UNC Charlotte

    -National Board Certified Teacher in Early Elementary Art Education

    Educational Experiences:  

    -19 years in education

    -2004-2022 18 years teaching art

    -2018-2023 Magnet Coordinator

    -2013-2014 Differentiation Specialist

    -2007-2010 AIG Teacher & Coordinator

    -2006-2008 Technology Facilitator

    Awards or Recognitions:

    -2011 Teacher of the Year

    -2013 Kennedy Center Arts Education Excellence Team Award

    -2014 Student Honorable Mention Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

    -2016 NC A+ Schools Educator of the Year

    -2016 WSFCS Arts Council Teacher of the Year

    -2017 WSFCS District Magnet Teacher of the Year

    -2017-2022 WSFCS Teacher Academy Teacher Leader

    -2021 NC Art Ed Association Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Teacher of the Year

    -2021 NCCAT Honored Educator

    -2023 Certified Instructional Support Person of the Year

    Community & Extra Curricular Involvement: 

    -Fall Festival, Multicultural, Black History, Hispanic Heritage, Yearbook Committees

    -Member of Sovereign Grace Chapel (webmaster/social media, sound tech, musician, Bible Study)

    -Stokes County Arts Council Board Member, Visual Arts Chair

    -North Carolina Art Education Association Board Member, Social Media Master


    -photographer at Amanda Gordon Photography and AmazingAAG Photography

    -social media master for art, photography, arts council, church

    -singing and playing string instruments (mandolin, guitar)

    -art: drawing, painting, weaving, mixed media


    -married, husband is in law enforcement

    -8 nieces and nephews

    -oldest in my family with 3 siblings

    -influenced and inspired by grandparents, grew up singing with them in church

    -influenced and inspired by godparents who I met in my current church

    -known for “adopting” my closest friends into my family and has a large extended family

    Colleagues describe Mrs. Gordon by saying:

    -Mrs. Gordon does an incredible amount of work that most people are not aware of.

Last Modified on January 18, 2023