Now that students are out for the summer, Elkin City Schools teachers came together to reward each other for a year of hard work.
“We have lots to be proud of this year,” said Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe. “I want to thank you all for making life better for our students.”
Elkin City Schools teacher of the year for 2011-2012, Tonya Smith, thanked her peers for allowing be a representative for the school.
“Our school district embraces a challenge and educates our students with grace and courage,” Smith said.
This year’s teacher of the year representatives are Melissa Smith of Elkin Elementary School, Bronson Ericksen of Elkin Middle School and April Swarey of Elkin High School.
Smith started her career with Elkin City Schools as a volunteer, which made her decide she wanted to be teach with school. She was the first teacher to participate in the World Views program and traveled to Switzerland. She is also involved with several groups in the community such as the Arts Council and the library.
Bronson Erickson is a seventh grade social studies teacher and joined the Elkin City Schools family five years ago. He currently is planning to go to Senegal, Africa with the World Views program. He also started a Relay for Life team for the middle school.
“Bronson believes it’s a teacher’s responsibility to keep students engaged and challenge their ideas and beliefs,” said presenter Allison Moxley of Elkin City Schools.
The Teacher of the Year Award for 2012-2013 went to Elkin High School English teacher April Swarey.
Swarey has been with Elkin City Schools for three years and is active with the high school’s Special Olympics.
“I am overwhelmed by all of the support you have shown me,” Swarey said tearfully.
Other awards presented:
-Elkin Elementary School Principal Tom Canton was awarded Principal of the year.
“This is a great honor, because we have other great principals here too,” Canton said.
-Elkin Elementary School teachers Angela Oliver and Julie Reed were recognized for become National Board Certified.
-Elkin Middle School teachers Shawna Poindexter and Shari Lowe received their Masters.
-Elkin High School teacher will be attending the Beth Felts will be receiving her Masters.
-The Elkin City Schools Financial Department was recognized by the state
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