• Congratulations to our 2023 Teacher of the Year

    Mrs. Abadesa Ochoa, ESL Teacher

    TOY

    Checkout her Teacher Stats:

    Background:

    -born in Miami, FL

    Education:

    -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

    Hobbies:

    -exercising

    -playing sports

    Family:

    -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.

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    Congratulations to Our Classified Employee of the Year

    Ms. Tiffani Cash, Reach Associate

    CEOY

    Checkout her Stats:

    Background:

    -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)

    Education:

    -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

    Hobbies:

    -studying the Bible and praying

    -spending time with children and fiancé

    Special Skills:

    -bilingual

    Family:

    -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.

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    Congratulations to our Certified Instructional Support Person of the Year

    Mrs. Amanda Gordon, Magnet Coordinator

    CISP

    Checkout her stats:

    Background: 

    -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

    Education/Degrees:   

    -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

    Hobbies: 

    -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

    Family: 

    -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