2018 Outstanding Educator Award Winners
Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018
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pictured (l-r) are Teacher Michelle Quinn from Pine Forest High School, Principal Dr. Tonjai Robertson from South View High School, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo Greg Reames, and Teacher Brandy Powers from Ponderosa Elementary School.Fayetteville, NC – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Greg Reames, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo, presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-worked glass apple to the three educators during the March 13 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. The winners were as follows:

Elementary Teacher Award WinnerBrandy Powers, a teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund the “Increasing Technology in an Autistic Classroom” project.  Through the project, technology tools will be purchased, which will allow for enhanced independence and learning in an autistic classroom.  Autistic students will use iPads and various digital programs to increase reading, math, language, and cognitive skills.

Secondary Teacher Award WinnerMichelle Quinn, a registered nurse in the Academy of Emergency of Medical Science at Pine Forest High School, will implement the “Students Save Lives!” project. Grant funds will be used to purchase a CPR mannequin and stocked EMT trauma bags to be used to provide life-saving training for students.  Students will use this training to earn their American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification. 

Administrator Award Winner – Dr. Tonjai Robertson, the principal at South View High School, will use the funds to support a joint project with Hope Mills Middle School, South View Middle School, and South View High School students.  The funds will support a “bridge” education program to introduce students to agriculture education that allows cross-curricular exploration with biological and physical sciences in the seventh- and eighth-grade curriculum.

        

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