Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mary Andrews - National Literacy Teacher of the Year

Mary Andrews is a dynamic teacher at Estes Hills Elementary, but also a cherished community volunteer. Now, she is the recipient of a large grant from the Random House, Inc. Foundation – the largest book publisher in the English-speaking world. Nominated by Nancy Zeman, a Board member for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, Andrews was the first place winner for the nation and named Literacy Teacher of the Year.

"Both as a teacher in our school district and as a volunteer in conceiving and implementing these programs, Mary Andrews continues to make an impact that goes beyond measure," said Kim Hoke, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation." She continually finds innovative ways to reach out to our students and families."

The $10,000 grant will be divided among four initiatives: READ2ME: Tailgate Stories ($6,000); Family Reading Partners ($1,300); Book Babies ($1,500); and professional development ($1,200).

Additionally, Andrews was invited to attend the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Las Vegas on November 16 for the breakfast awards announcement at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Way to go, Mary!

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