Best Cleveland County Teacher, Teacher Assistant, and Principal Revealed at Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators Breakfast

Left-to-right: Teacher Assistant of the Year Sabrina Gold, Teacher of the Year Heather Poston, and Principal of the Year Katie Barbee

Left-to-right: Teacher Assistant of the Year Sabrina Gold, Teacher of the Year Heather Poston, and Principal of the Year Katie Barbee

Ensuing a thorough selection process, the county’s top educators converged at the LeGrand Center to find out who is Cleveland County’s the best-of-the-best.

“The Outstanding Educators Breakfast is an event I look forward to each year,” said Pamela Gaff, business associate at Wells Fargo. “Being surrounded by such great examples of excellence is awe-inspiring.”

Heather Poston of Springmore Elementary will serve as the Cleveland County Schools Teacher of the Year; Sabrina Gold of North Shelby School as the Teacher Assistant of the Year; and Katie Barbee as the Principal of the Year.

“We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of highly qualified educators throughout our district,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools.  “These three individuals emerged among many of our great educators, and we are proud to have them publicly represent our county.”

The three received monetary awards from Wells Fargo for their professional development in addition to glass apples handcrafted by N.C. artist Robert Levin. Poston will have the opportunity to attend the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta courtesy of Laughlin Furniture and the CCS Educational Foundation, and a $100 gift certificate from the Cleveland County unit of the NCAE.

“I have had the opportunity to learn from incredible people throughout my career,” said Gold. “I look forward to representing our Cleveland County Schools teacher assistants this school year.”

Also, Gold received gifts from the Cleveland County Association of Teacher Assistants, and the three honorees received a year’s membership to the YMCA.

“There are so many great teachers in our system and to be recognized as an outstanding educator is a truly humbling experience,” said Poston. “Thank you to all the teachers and staff for their work each day and thank you to CCS for awarding me such a distinction.”

Poston and Barbee will continue in their respective regional competitions sponsored by NCDPI.

“I am honored that I was selected as Cleveland County's Principal of the Year,” said Barbee. “It is a pleasure to serve the students and families of Cleveland County and to work alongside passionate and dedicated educators each day.”

“Every nominee in the room is a winner,” added Gaff.  “They are truly the best-of-the-best!”

Greg Shull