Friday, May 30, 2014

Fearrington Named Teacher of the Year at Recognition Reception

Kim Fearrington of Northside Elementary, was named the District Teacher of the Year at the Annual Recognition Reception on May 30 at Carrboro High.

Fearrington is a kindergarten teacher with 20 years of teaching experience.  Fearrington holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from North Carolina Central University.  Fearrington received a $1,000 check from Harrington Bank, as well as gifts from area businesses.

Two Honor Teachers were also named on Friday.  They are Alicia Adcock of Phoenix Academy High School and Mary Beth Braker of Carrboro High School.  They each received a $500 check from Harrington Bank and gifts from local businesses.

Other Teachers of the Year were recognized with $100 checks from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation and gifts from local businesses.  They are:  Emily Kochy, Carrboro Elementary; Kristin Ducanis, Ephesus Elementary; Dawn McClendon, Estes Hills Elementary; Ann Harrawood, FPG Elementary; Sheryl Finegan, Glenwood Elementary; Mike Sharp, McDougle Elementary; Amanda Woodroffe, Morris Grove Elementary; Ashley Laver, Rashkis Elementary; Susan Kenny, Scroggs Elementary; Molly McLean, Seawell Elementary; Megan Taber, Culbreth Middle School; Steven Simmons, McDougle Middle School; Jennifer Marquis, Phillips Middle School; Regina Baratta, Smith Middle School; Jennifer Ballew, Chapel Hill High School; and Keith Gerdes, East Chapel Hill High School.

Kim Fearrington, District Teacher of the Year 2014-15
Kindergarten Teacher at Northside Elementary

Alicia Adcock, District Honor Teacher of the Year 2014-15
Science Teacher at Phoenix Academy High

Mary Beth Braker, District Honor Teacher of the Year 2014-15
English Teacher at Carrboro High

Teacher of the Year gifts were provided by:  A Better Image Printing, Barnes and Noble at New Hope Commons, Chapel Hill Florist, Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, FSI, Office Depot, the Spotted Dog Restaurant and University Florist.

The Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Providing Support Services recognizes one classified staff member from each school and Lincoln Center.  The award recipient is Gina Clark, a custodian at McDougle Elementary, who also received a $1,000 check.  Two Honor Recipients were named.  They are Linda Fyle, the school secretary at Scroggs Elementary, and Kara O’Dor, a media specialist at Ephesus Elementary.  They each received $250.

Other Classified Staff of the Year, who each received $100, are:  Lee Newbold, EC teacher assistant, Carrboro Elementary; Savada Gilmore, EC teacher assistant, Estes Hills Elementary; Esteban Mena, teacher assistant, FPG Elementary; Annabelle Devonport, EC teacher assistant, Glenwood Elementary; Cindy Renner, teacher assistant, Morris Grove Elementary; Jeremy McIlwaine, EC teacher assistant, Northside Elementary; Teresa Harrington, custodial services supervisor, Rashkis Elementary; Joann Westfall, school secretary, Seawell Elementary; Matthew McCauley, ISS teacher assistant, Culbreth Middle; Julie Walker, guidance secretary, McDougle Middle; Delphine Sieredzki, media center assistant, Phillips Middle; Panda Rushing, EC teacher assistant, Smith Middle; Belinda Nix, school secretary, Carrboro High; Daryl Anderson, teacher assistant, Chapel Hill High; Sharie Walker, receptionist, East Chapel Hill High; Nicole Hodge, teacher assistant, Phoenix Academy High; Kathy Nelson, benefits specialist, Human Resources, Lincoln Center; Holly Snyder, network support technician, Information Technology, Lincoln Center; Kenny Daulton, electrical foreman, Maintenance, Lincoln Center; and Catherine Day, bus driver, Transportation.

Irene Slydel, school nurse at Smith Middle, received the Exceptional Children Student Support Services Staff of the Year Award, as well as a check for $500.  The other nominees for this award are: Reyna Rivera, school social worker, Carrboro Elementary; Marne Meredith, school social worker, Ephesus Elementary; Ashley Hudson, speech pathologist, Estes Hills Elementary; Barbie Tudryn, school counselor, FPG Elementary; Wendy Johnston, school social worker, Glenwood Elementary; Kathie Guild, school counselor, McDougle Elementary; Stephanie Bruce, school counselor, Morris Grove Elementary; Candice Norwood, school social worker, Northisde Elementary; Carlie Ewen, school social worker, Rashkis Elementary; Sue Heflin, school social worker, Scroggs Elementary; Eileen Stough, school nurse, Seawell Elementary; Matthew Straub, school counselor, Culbreth Middle; Sarah Morales, school counselor, McDougle Middle; Jeremy Young, school counselor, Phillips Middle; Linda Karcher, student assistance program specialist, Carrboro High; Montez Thomas, school counselor, Chapel Hill High; Brenda McNeely-Allen, school social worker, East Chapel Hill High; and Gloria Sanchez-Lane, school social worker, Phoenix Academy High.

Other staff awards were also presented at the event.  Amy Rickard of Morris Grove Elementary was recognized as the district's Principal of the Year, while Tomeka Ward-Satterfield of East Chapel Hill High was named the district's Assistant Principal of the Year.  Alisa McAlister of McDougle Middle was the recipient of the Jeanette Blackwell Mentor Teacher Award.  Amy Lineberry of Phillips Middle was the recipient of the Exceptional Children's Award for Outstanding Contributions as a Teacher.  Jasmine Johnson of Scroggs Elementary received the CHC Public School Foundation Promising New Teacher Award.

The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) program presented two Excellence in Equitable Teaching Awards.  These award recipients are selected by the students in BRMA.  The middle school award went to Eric Zeigler of Smith Middle, while Alicia Adcock of Phoenix Academy High received the high school award.

Representatives of the Public School Foundation were on hand to present both new and renewing Teaching Chairs. Katherine MacKinnon of Seawell Elementary was named the recipient of the Elmo's Award for Excellence in Teaching English as a Second Language and World Language. Jack Watson is the CHHS PTSA Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities.  Danae Shipp of McDougle Middle is the Glaxo Award for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Science. Candace White of Glenwood Elementawry is the Neil Pedersen Teachers First Chair. Ashley Laver of Rashkis Elementary is the Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching in the Elementary Classroom.  Katherine Pardue of Phillips Middle is the Burton Stuart Chair for Promising New Teachers in Math or Science. Ashley Lang of East Chapel Hill High is the Bernadine Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching English.

Renewing chair recipients also were honored on Friday.  Tom Brown of Carrboro High School is the Elmo's Excellence in Teaching Mathematics or Science Chair.  Tate Little of Carrboro Elementary is the Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching Innovation.  Jennifer Scott of Phillips Middle is the Zora Rashkis Chair in Middle School Language Arts.

Twelve teachers were recognized for earning their National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  They join the almost 300 other CHCCS teachers who have earned their National Boards.  They are:  Susan Azzu, Rashkis Elementary; Agnes Bernasconi, Rashkis Elementary; Miles Chappell, Phillips Middle; Christine Cohn, Estes Hills Elementary; Samantha Howard, Morris Grove Elementary; Ashley Laver, Rashkis Elementary; Beth Kinney, McDougle Middle; Holly Loranger, Chapel Hill High; Lisa Myles, McDougle Elementary; Melissa Nicholson-Clark, Morris Grove Elementary; Jennifer Pedersen, Northside Elementary; and Jenny Marie Smith, East Chapel Hill High.

The Public School Foundation created a new award this year, the Lincoln Center Administrator of the Year award.  This new award’s first recipient is Arasi Adkins, the executive director of human resources.  She received $500 and a plaque from the Foundation.

Twenty-three employees were recognized for retiring from the district this year.  They include:  Amanda Carol Cantrell, Carrboro Elementary; Kathy Latta, FPG Elementary; Sarah Mansfield, Seawell Elementary; Pamela Wright, Seawell Elementary; Sara Buechler, Culbreth Middle; Linda Glover, McDougle Middle; Rhonda Hairston, McDougle Middle; Cissy O’Neal, McDougle Middle; Anne Brashear, Phillips Middle; Julia Gaskell, Phillips Middle; Susan Prillaman, Phillips Middle; Dianne Sturdivant, Phillips Middle; Anne Hicks-Mitchell, Carrboro High; Ron Benson, Chapel Hill High; Hollie Taylor Novak, Chapel Hill High; Winslow Carter, East Chapel Hill High; Hubert (Hugh) Clark, East Chapel Hill High; Patricia (Trish) Dallen, East Chapel Hill High; Wandolyn Merritt, East Chapel Hill High Sandy Williamson, East Chapel Hill High; Bill Frenzel, PreK/Head Start; Jean Parrish, Lincoln Center; and Stephanie Willis, Lincoln Center.

Employees were also honored for attaining milestone years of service with CHCCS.  Two employees have 35 years of service:  Beverly Roberson, Transportation; and Patricia Farrington, Ephesus Elementary.  

Employees with 30 years of service included:  Thomas Brown, Carrboro High; Jane Clunie, McDougle Elementary and McDougle Middle; and Cissy O’Neal, McDougle Middle.

Employees with 25 years of service included:  Sonya Adams, Ephesus Elementary; Herbert Ferguson, Lincoln Center; George Gilmer, Smith Middle; Deborah Gray-Ford, Northside Elementary; Elizabeth Harris, Glenwood Elementary; Amy Langenderfer, Lincoln Center; Rick McVey, Lincoln Center; Mary Roberts, Lincoln Center; and Kevin Staring, Phillips Middle.

Employees with 20 years of service included:  Ronald Barbee, Rashkis Elementary; Faye Barker, Glenwood Elementary; Lynn Carrino, Culbreth Middle; Lisa Clarke, Phillips Middle; Toni DeMarco, Morris Grove Elementary; Linda Fyle, Scroggs Elementary; Kathleen Eveleigh, McDougle and Scroggs Elementary; Carla Gilchrist, Glenwood Elementary; James Gillan, Chapel Hill High; Carment Hackney, Rashkis Elementary; Jessica Harris, East Chapel Hill High; Mary Hill, FPG Elementary; Wendy Johnston, Glenwood Elementary; Antoinette Joyner, East Chapel Hill HS; Susan Julian, Scroggs Elementary; Bill Kelley, Lincoln Center; Wanda King, Morris Grove Elementary; Stephanie Lawrence, Scroggs Elementary; Toni Lehman, McDougle Elementary; Jean McGregor, Carrboro Elementary; Sherdina Morrison, Chapel Hill High; William Mullin, Lincoln Center; Patricia Pierce-Thompson, Scroggs Elementary; Sammy Rape, Phillips Middle; Wanda Roper, Ephesus Elementary; Mary Ristanio, McDougle Elementary; Kerry Sherrill, FPG Elementary; Rita Simpson, Carrboro High; Robin Small, Transportation; Suzanne Stokes, Morris Grove Elementary; Nara Strickland, Ephesus Elementary; Dave Tinker, Lincoln Center; Missy Valentine, Smith Middle; Sheila Wilkerson, Chapel Hill High; Kirsten Gardner Venema, Ephesus Elementary.

The annual Recognition Reception is hosted in collaboration with the Public School Foundation.

"We are all inspired by the truly amazing performance of these dedicated professionals," said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.  "Recognizing and celebrating them in this public ceremony is one of the highlights of our school year.”

Pictures from the event posted on Facebook (after Monday, June 2).

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