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Teachers of the Year named

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on July 22, 2007 2:00 AM

The 2007-08 Teachers of the Year for each of the 32 Wayne County Public Schools have been announced.

Representing the best of the teaching profession, the honorees were selected for demonstrating dedication and commitment to helping their students advance, said Dr. Steven Taylor, schools superintendent.

The list of teachers and their respective schools includes:

*Belfast Academy: Jesse Williams

*Brogden Middle: Deborah Royall

*Brogden Primary: Rhonda Wiggins

*Carver Elementary: Kymberly Chamblee

*Carver Heights Elementary: Kristin Bartley

*Charles B. Aycock High: Crystal Casey

*Dillard Middle: Beverly Kee

*Eastern Wayne Elementary: Terry Butler

*Eastern Wayne High: Vince Beasley

*Eastern Wayne Middle: April Daw

*Edgewood Community Developmental: Sonja Emerson

*Fremont STARS Elementary: Kathy Davis

*Goldsboro High: Angel Batts

*Goldsboro Intermediate: Tesha Isler

*Grantham School: Kimberly Vann

*Greenwood Middle: Robin Re

*Meadow Lane Elementary: Antoinette Parks

*Mount Olive Middle: Jerry Dortch

*North Drive Elementary: Aimee Kahler

*Northeast Elementary: Beverly Smith

*Northwest Elementary: Kim Thomas

*Norwayne Middle: Dean Barnes

*Rosewood Elementary: Merle Elam

*Rosewood High: Cathy Best

*Rosewood Middle: Elizabeth McDaniel

*School Street Elementary: Stannette Weaver

*Southern Academy: Marilyn Taylor

*Spring Creek Elementary: Tammy Smith

*Spring Creek High: Tanya Grady

*Southern Wayne High: Marsha Jinnette

*Tommy's Road Elementary: Wendy Robert

*Wayne Early Middle College High: Candace Hargraves

Each candidate will next compete for the systemwide honor. Judges will review portfolios and narrow down the field to three finalists, choosing a Teacher of the Year for the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The three finalists will receive Twiford Worldview Travel/Study Awards. The one selected as the school system's Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 travel/study stipend, and the other two finalists will each receive a stipend of $4,000.

The monetary award will allow the finalists to travel outside the United States in order to enhance their global perspective, which transfers to their students in the form of exciting lessons and classroom experiences.

"We are fortunate to have a program of such caliber in Wayne County Public Schools," Taylor said. "The program offers our Teacher of the Year finalists opportunities for travel experience, and is invaluable to their personal and professional development."

The county's Teacher of the Year will be named at the annual banquet, planned for Aug. 28 at Goldsboro Country Club. At that time, the winner will receive an additional $1,500 as well as the chance to advance to compete at the regional level.