Dare County Schools 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year

District Honors 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year

Dare County Schools celebrated the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 12. The event is sponsored by the Board of Education in partnership with the Dare Education Foundation and OBX Bank.

Teachers of the Year for 2013-2014:
Erica Burkhart, Manteo Middle School;
Diane Childress, Kitty Hawk Elementary School;
Lynette Crews, Manteo Elementary School;
Lisa Groetsch, Cape Hatteras Elementary School; Brandon Harris, First Flight High School;
Nicole Northrup, First Flight Middle School;
Doug Potter, Nags Head Elementary School;
Penny Pugh, First Flight Elementary School;
Kay Ratliff, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies;
Deb Sauls, Dare County Alternative School;
Brandon Harris, First Flight High School; and
Anna Thomas, Manteo High School.  

The district Teacher of the Year is announced following dinner, after each school principal describes what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year a remarkable educator.  As the principals finish their comments, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess announces the district representative.  This teacher is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school systems in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is selected through competitive application and interview process.

Pam Mills, the Dare County Schools Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013, was recognized as the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year. Personnel Director Trip Hobbs coordinates all activities surrounding the district Teacher of the Year program. 

In addition to the honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education, representatives from program sponsors (DEF and OBX Bank), selected administrators, the previous year’s district Teacher of the Year, and selection committee members.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these outstanding teachers is an immeasurably difficult task.

As Burgess makes the announcement, she acknowledges that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an impressive district representative.

Each school’s Teacher of the Year is selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Burgess presented First Flight High School math teacher Brandon Harris with a recognition plaque moments after announcing him as Dare County Schools 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year.

Each of the teachers receives a personalized engraved school bell, and stipends from the Board of Education and OBX Bank. As district Teacher of the Year, Harris receives a $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development opportunity of choice from Dare Education Foundation, and a $1,000 award from OBX Bank.

 

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Dare County Schools 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year: Brandon Harris, First Flight High School and  Dare County Schools Teacher of the Year; Erica Burkhart, Manteo Middle School; Lynette Crews, Manteo Elementary School; Doug Potter, Nags Head Elementary School; Diane Childress, Kitty Hawk Elementary School, Nicole Northrup, First Flight Middle School; Deb Sauls, Dare County Alternative School; Penny Pugh, First Flight Elementary School; Anna Thomas, Manteo High School; Lisa Groetsch, Cape Hatteras Elementary School; and Kay Ratliff, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. The eleven educators were honored with a dinner sponsored by the Board of Education, Dare Education Foundation, and OBX Bank on September 12th.  In addition to the honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education, representatives from program sponsors (DEF and OBX Bank), selected administrators, the previous year’s district Teacher of the Year, and selection committee members.