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Teacher of Year Semi-Finalists

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APRIL, 8 2019 – Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists have been announced. They are:

Robyn Allen, teaches biology at Mount Tabor High. Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Master’s degree in Education from Wake Forest University.

Quote: “Teaching is an opportunity to help students on the pathway to their future. By presenting them with challenges and high expectations in biology, I hope to provide them with the tools necessary to be successful in whatever they choose to do after high school.”  

Sarah Billups, teaches Exceptional Children at Morgan Elementary. Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from N.C. State University. Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Quote: “What makes teaching rewarding for me is seeing my students accomplish an academic or functional skills task consistently over a period of time and then watching the student become independent at the learned skill. This independence demonstrates to me that all students are capable of learning and being independent (at their own individual levels) and teachers are able to reach a wide range of students through the use of innovative ideas and consistency."

“I also want to say that successful teaching throughout my classroom would not be possible without our two wonderful classroom assistants, Amber Martin and Christine Lynch.”  

Susan Buchanan, teaches science at Reagan High. Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Appalachian State University.

Quote: "Teaching is something I truly enjoy. I enjoy spending time with teenagers, and I appreciate their personalities, quirks, and humor. It thrills me to see my students be successful in both the classroom and their extra-curricular activities."

Carey French, teaches kindergarten at Moore Elementary. Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Concord University. Master’s degree in Reading Specialist from Marshall University. 

Quote: “Teaching is rewarding for many reasons; however, there is nothing more rewarding than developing a genuine relationship with a child and that child understanding that they mean the world to you.  Afterward, the puzzle begins to take shape; as the academic expectations they set for themselves are a reflection of your belief in them. Their daily successes, smiles, and strength bring joy to my heart.”

Cecelia Tolliver, teaches science at Carver High. Bachelor’s degree from High Point University. Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from High Point University.

Quote: “Teaching is my superhero power. It makes me feel invincible to know I have helped change a life.  Every semester, every year is a new challenge for me to embark on getting to know new students, build new relationships, and, hopefully, help mold independent, productive citizens.”

 Abi Woodson, teaches fourth grade at Speas Global Elementary. Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Quote: “The rewards found in teaching are often unspoken, unseen, and unknown to most. At times, maybe even forgotten. But, they are always heard by the teacher; seen by the educator; acknowledged by the instructor- big or small. We always notice the rewards.” 

Nicole Wooten, teaches fifth grade at Caleb’s Creek Elementary. Bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth State University. Master’s degree in Elementary Education from N.C. A&T State University.

“There are so many rewards to teaching. It’s that look on their faces when they understand a concept, or when they enter the classroom and they are excited about what they will learn that day. It’s when they show genuine concern about their peers.”

“My most rewarding moment is when you spent all year not only teaching them academics but teaching them life skills and being able to see their growth. It’s the best feeling when they have graduated from high school or college and they come back to school to find me to say Thank you Mrs. Wooten. There is no greater feeling than that. I truly thank God for being able to have an impact on every baby that I come in contact with. That’s truly rewarding.”