WCPS Announces Teachers of the Year

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Goldsboro, N.C. – With the school year officially ending this week for teachers and support staff, Wayne County Public Schools is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Teachers of the Year who will represent their schools in the coming school year. The 33 teachers selected will now prepare to compete for the district-wide honor of WCPS Teacher of the Year.

Teacher of the Year

Brogden Middle

Shakina Oates

7th Grade Math

Brogden Primary

Norma Acero

2nd-4th Grade ESL

Carver Elementary

Jennifer Heatley

1st/2nd Grade

Carver Heights Elementary

Vonder Ashford

2nd Grade Teacher

Charles B. Aycock High

Steven Thorne

9-12 Technology Education

Dillard Middle

Gene Willoughby

8th Grade English/Language Arts

Eastern Wayne Elementary

Tony Parrish

K-5 Physical Education

Eastern Wayne High

Bobby Sherard

9-12 Band

Eastern Wayne Middle

Thomasa Mathis

8th Grade Math

Edgewood Community Developmental School

Deborah Gill

EC Kindergarten

Fremont STARS Elementary

Shalaunda Smith

Pre -Kindergarten

Goldsboro High

Thomas Garrou


Grantham Elementary

Jenny Sasser

3rd Grade

Grantham Middle

Angela Joyner

5th Grade

Greenwood Middle

Jennifer Kirkland

5-8 Band

Meadow Lane Elementary

Donna Drew

1st Grade

Mount Olive Middle

Catherine Joyner

6-8 EC Self Contained

North Drive Elementary

Catherine Borgquist

2nd Grade

Northeast Elementary

Holly Medlin

4th Grade

Northwest Elementary

Mindy Lane


Norwayne Middle

Andrew Bass

7th Grade Math

Rosewood Elementary

Lisa Herring


Rosewood High

Connie Sutton

9-12 EC

Rosewood Middle

Lorrie Kester

8th Grade Math

School Street Elementary

Mal Jones


Southern Wayne High

Jason Cox

9-12 Music

Spring Creek Elementary

Scott Ervin

3rd Grade

Spring Creek High

Taylor Jones

9-12 Math

Spring Creek Middle

Julie Slye

8th Grade Science

Tommy’s Road Elementary

Anna Bridgers

1st Grade

Wayne Early/Middle College High

Carol Watson

9th & 10th Grade English

Wayne Middle/High Academy

Anita Phillips

9-12 EC

Wayne School of Engineering

Catherine Sutton

7th Grade Math

“These thirty-three teachers represent the best of the teaching profession. We congratulate each of them for this achievement and wish them the very best in the next round of the Teacher of the Year competition,” states Dr. Sandra McCullen, WCPS Interim Superintendent.

For the next round of the district’s Teacher of the Year competition, the 33 candidates will complete portfolios that will be submitted to the WCPS Teacher of the Year selection committee. The committee will then review portfolios and conduct interviews of all the candidates in August. Following the interviews, the field will be narrowed to three finalists — one each from the elementary, middle, and high school level.

The WCPS Teacher of the Year will be selected from the three finalists and announced at the annual WCPS Teacher of the Year Banquet to be held on August 18 at Lane Tree Golf Club and Conference Center.

For more information, contact Ken Derksen at 919-705-6125

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