Dare County Schools Teachers of the Year
Celebrated at a Dinner in Their Honor

Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after 
each school principal described what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.

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Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen Smith, First Flight Elementary School.

thanks
> Dare County Schools' Teachers of the Year 2017-2018

> Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

> Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

> The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after each school principaldescribed what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

> In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

> Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

> Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.


> Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of
Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to
the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the
dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea
Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe
Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and
TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer
Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and
DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley
Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea
Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine
Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole
Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools
Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen
Smith, First Flight Elementary.
thanks
> Dare County Schools' Teachers of the Year 2017-2018

> Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

> Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

> The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after each school principaldescribed what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

> In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

> Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

> Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.


> Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of
Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to
the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the
dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea
Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe
Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and
TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer
Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and
DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley
Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea
Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine
Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole
Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools
Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen
Smith, First Flight Elementary.
thanks
> Dare County Schools' Teachers of the Year 2017-2018

> Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

> Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

> The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after each school principaldescribed what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

> In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

> Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

> Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.


> Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of
Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to
the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the
dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea
Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe
Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and
TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer
Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and
DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley
Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea
Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine
Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole
Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools
Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen
Smith, First Flight Elementary.
thanks
> Dare County Schools' Teachers of the Year 2017-2018

> Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

> Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

> The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after each school principaldescribed what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

> In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

> Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

> Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.


> Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of
Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to
the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the
dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea
Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe
Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and
TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer
Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and
DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley
Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea
Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine
Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole
Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools
Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen
Smith, First Flight Elementary.
thanks
> Dare County Schools' Teachers of the Year 2017-2018

> Dare County Schools honored the district’s eleven Teachers of the Year at a recognition dinner held at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head on September 7, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Board of Education with special awards provided by TowneBank OBX and Dare Education Foundation.

> Dare County Teachers of the Year for 2017-2018 who honored were:Jennifer Smith, First Flight Elementary School;  Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle School; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative School; Lea Dixon, Manteo High School; Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School; Erin Basilone, First Flight High School; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle School; Nicole Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Christine Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Ashley Gilreath, Manteo Elementary School; and Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary School.

> The district Teacher of the Year was announced following dinner and after each school principaldescribed what makes his/her school’s Teacher of the Year an outstanding educator. Following the principals' comments, Superintendent John D. Farrelly announced this year's district representative.  The district's Teacher of the Year is selected by committee to represent Dare County among school districts in the Northeast Region. A regional winner is then selected through a competitive application and interview process.Locally, Director of Human Resources Dr. John Donlan coordinates all activities involved with the Teacher of the Year Program.

> In addition to the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the dinner was attended by members of the Board of Education, Ray White of TowneBank OBX, and Laura Daniels (2016-17 District Teacher of the Year). Also present were selection committee members – Donlan, Sandy Kinzel, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Arty Tillett, Chief Academic Officer and Elisabeth Silverthorne , Dare Education Foundation Executive Director.

> Each school’s Teacher of the Year was selected in late spring at the conclusion of the school year. Teachers were given the summer months to write a portfolio which they submitted at the end of August for consideration by the nominating committee.  This year the interviews took place on Thursday, August 31. In the statewide recognition program, each of North Carolina’s eight regions and one teacher from the state’s charter school network contend for the title of North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

To choose one district Teacher of the Year among these master educators is an exceedingly difficult task. Farrelly expressed confidence that any one of the eleven school candidates would make an excellent district representative as he announced the 2017-2018 District Teacher of the Year was third grade teacher, Katie Blanchard of Nags Head Elementary School. He then presented her with a plaque honoring her for this accomplishment.

> Each school representative received a personalized engraved school bell, a Crystal Apple Award from Horace Mann Educators Corporation and stipends totaling $2,500 from theTowneBank OBX. Each of the Teachers of the Year receives a monetary award from TowneBank OBX, $150 for each school representative and $500 for Blanchard as the district winner.   In addition, DEF (Dare Education Foundation) makes available one $1,000 stipend to attend a professional development of her choice.  As District Teacher of the Year, Blanchard also receives a week-long session at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), and $250 for use in her classroom funded by the Dare County Board of Education's contribution to the NCCAT scholarship program.


> Dare County Schools 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year [from top, left]:

The eleven educators were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Board of
Education on September 7th at Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head.  In addition to
the Superintendent, honorees, their guests, and school principals, the
dinner is attended by members of the Board of Education – Chair Bea
Basnight with Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler; members Mary Ellon Ballance, Joe
Tauber and David Twiddy; representatives from program contributors (DEF and
TowneBank OBX), Laura Daniels - district Teacher of the Year for 2016-17,
with selection committee members - Dr. John Donlan, Chief Academic Officer
Arty Tillett, Executive Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel and
DEF Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne. All from left, top – Ashley
Gilreath, Manteo Elementary; Rebecca Farish, Dare County Alternative; Lea
Dixon, Manteo High; center - Karen Lewis, First Flight Middle; Christine
Van Atta, Cape Hatteras Secondary; Cindy Mansfield, Manteo Middle; Nicole
Farrell, Kitty Hawk Elementary; lower - Erin Basilone, First Flight High;
Katie Blanchard, Nags Head Elementary School and Dare County Schools
Teacher of the Year; Shauna Leggat, Cape Hatteras Elementary; and Jen
Smith, First Flight Elementary.