Top Educators Vying for Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Principal of the Year

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After a rigorous selection process, a handful of school-level educators are in the running for the esteemed honor of county's best of the best. The finalists were selected for interviews based on their response to a variety essay questions and then met with a panel of community professionals and educators to provide evidence and details as to why they should represent the county either the teacher, teacher assistant, or principal of the year. 

“Every year we have innovative, award-winning candidates fit for top honors,” said Dr. Linda, assistant superintendent. “This year’s educators exceed expectations, and I am certain any of them would represent our county well.” 

Finalists for 2018 Teacher of the Year are Ronna Rawls of East Elementary, Debbie Edwards of Graham Elementary, Heather Poston of Springmore Elementary, Jenna Putnam of West Elementary, and Carrie Dobbins of Burns High.

Teacher assistant finalists are Pam Still of Marion Elementary, Kevin Roberts of Shelby High, and Sabrina Gold of North Shelby School.

Katie Barbee of Jefferson Elementary, Dr. Dustin Bridges of Shelby Middle, and Julie Rikard of Kings Mountain High were nominated by their fellow principals as finalists for top honors. They also were interviewed by a community committee.

Teachers and teacher assistants of the year from all schools and the finalists for principal of the year will be honored at the Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators Breakfast in August at the LeGrand Center. The 2018-19 CCS Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Principal of the Year will be named at the event. 

Principal of the Year Candidates
Teacher Assistant of the Year Candidates
Teacher of the Year Candidates

Greg Shull