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Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 WCS Teacher of the Year, New Hope Elementary Fourth-grade Teacher Amanda Evans!



Congratulations to the 2017-2018 School-Level Teachers of the Year!

Barnes Elementary - Rosslyn Waddell Lucama Elementary - Lesley Pittman
Beddingfield High - Karen Reaves New Hope Elementary - Amanda Evans
Daniels Learning - Jeff Flowers Rock Ridge Elementary - Amy Evans
Darden Middle - Cynthia Nelson Speight Middle - Irene Dekeyser
Elm City Elementary - Sonja Hayes Springfield Middle - Katherine Alphin
Elm City Middle - Bonnie Snedeker Stantonsburg Elementary - Sandi Webb 
Fike High - Kathryn Jackson Toisnot Middle - Vickie Pollard
Forest Hills Middle - Dana Skinner Vick Elementary - Tilketa Jones
Gardners Elementary - Margarita Haitema Vinson-Bynum Elementary - Lauren Hong
Hearne Elementary - Tanya Arrington Wilson Academy of Applied Tech. - Michelle Bass
Hunt High - Sophia Stevens Wilson Early College - Katrice Brown
Jones Elementary - Christina Skinner  Wells Elementary - Craigie Wells 
Lee Woodard Elementary - Kristina Stark   Winstead Elementary - Stacy Bohne-Jones 


The selection process for Teacher of the Year will begin in February 2018.

Criteria for Selection
A candidate for the Wilson County Schools Teacher of the Year should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher in any of the Wilson County Schools, kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status. 

The WCS Teacher of the Year must: 

  • Be employed full time
  • Hold a Standard Professional 2 (SP2) license
  • Spend at least 70 percent of his/her time in direct instruction of NC public school students

The WCS Teacher of the Year should:

  • Not have served as WCS Teacher of the Year within the previous five years
  • Exemplify quality 21st century teaching
  • Exhibit evidence of positively affecting student achievement
  • Be employed with WCS as a teacher for the year serving
  • Have an educational platform to be communicated within the district as requested

Other qualities of the WCS Teacher of the Year include:

  • The ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • Having the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues
  • Playing an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school
  • Being poised, articulate and possess the energy to withstand a taxing schedule as necessary

Schools should allow teachers to choose the school-level Teacher of the Year.  This should be accomplished via secret vote with three teachers as finalists on a ballot.  How those three finalists are chosen is left up to the discretion of the principal. The names of the three finalists should be submitted to the Office of Organizational Development for verification of licensure status.  Once cleared by Organizational Development, schools hold a secret vote and the school-level Teacher of the Year is the finalist who receives the greatest number of votes.

The school-level Teacher of the Year will then be asked to complete an information sheet for publicity purposes and to verify adherence to all WCS Teacher of the Year eligibility requirements and other expectations as noted above.  The school-level Teacher of the Year will be expected to complete the WCS TOY Portfolio.

A district-level portfolio selection committee consisting of a previous WCS Teacher of the Year, a previous WCS Principal of the Year, a WCS Board of Education member, a Barton College School of Education representative, a WCS parent and Wilson area community member will read and rate the anonymous portfolios.  From those results, the top ten candidates will be chosen for the district Teacher of the Year.

Once the top ten candidates are chosen, each will be interviewed by a district interview selection team consisting of the Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations, the Executive Director of Organizational Development, the Executive Director of Technology, the Public Relations Director or Specialist, an Instructional Services Executive Director, and a WCS Board of Education member.  The members of the interview selection team will rate the candidates’ interview, and the top three candidates will be chosen.

After selection of the top three candidates, visits to the finalists’ classrooms will be scheduled. The district classroom visit selection team consisting of an Organizational Development representative, the Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects, the Public Relations Director, an Instructional Services Executive Director, a WCS Board of Education member, and a Technology Department representative will visit the classrooms, observe and rate the candidates.

From the top three candidates, the Wilson County Schools Teacher of the Year will be chosen. Their scores will be cumulative – calculated from the final portfolio, interview and classroom visits results.  The Teacher of the Year Coordinator, Executive Director of Organizational Development and Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations will calculate and confirm the winner.

The winner of the WCS Teacher of the Year for that year will be announced in the fall and will proceed on to the North Central Regional Finals as part of the NC Teacher of the Year state process.

Duties of the WCS Teacher of the Year
During the official year of recognition, the WCS Teacher of the Year will be expected to complete requirements of the North Central Regional Finals and the NC Teacher of the Year if chosen the Regional Teacher of the Year.  The WCS Teacher of the Year will be an active participant in the Teacher of the Year Advisory Board.  The WCS TOY is expected to attend the fall Teacher of the Year banquet and other functions as invited.  At any time, he/she should be willing to be a part of school, district or community functions as invited.  He/she should be ready to speak on his/her educational platform if requested.  Other duties as assigned by the Superintendent’s Office are possible as well.

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