Champion for Children Honorees (l-r) Natalie Godwin, David Jackson, David Gilchrist, and Linda Buie recognized during the March 14 Board Meeting.Cumberland County Schools’ Champion of Children Award Recipients Making A Difference  –  Instructional Coach Natalie Godwin from Armstrong Elementary School, Safe Schools Coordinator David Jackson from Jack Britt High School,  Teacher David Gilchrist from New Century International Middle School, and Athletic Assistant Linda Buie from South View High School were recognized as educators who are making a difference in our schools every day. These four are the second group of CCS’ employees to receive the school system’s newly created Champion for Children Award.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on March 15, 2017

        


Image of Todd McCabe accepting award from Larell Higginbotham.Todd McCabe, Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year, was recently honored at Liberty Point Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Annual Awards program held at Campground Methodist Church. He was selected as the Chapter’s Outstanding History Teacher of the Year and, currently, teaches at John Griffin Middle School. Larell Higginbotham, a NSDAR prospective member, presented Mr. McCabe with an engraved statue of an American Eagle with raised wings.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Image of the Cumberland County Schools' 2017 Spelling Bee Winner, Kendal WinKendal Win, seventh-grader at Pine Forest Middle School (PFMS) won the CCS Spelling Bee contest Friday, February 17, 2017. The winning word was “paparazzo.” Kendal will be the third PFMS student to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee after Xavier Barnes’ win in 2008 and Benjamin Palmer’s win in 2005.
 
Kendal competes in a number of academic clubs at PFMS, including Battle of the Books. She was in the library with her English Language Arts class on Friday when Principal Billy Starks came over the announcements to share her win with the school. The students in the library erupted with cheers for her. 
 
“Kendal is a wonderful student, ” says Mr. Starks, “and we are so proud of her. Our Raider family will be praying for safe travels for her and her family.”
 
The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee will start on Sunday, May 28 and will end on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Each year CCS selects one deserving elementary, middle and high school counselor for the School Counselor of the Year Award.  Principals and school counselors were asked to nominate a school counselor who they felt exemplified the role of the school counselor. 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 20, 2017

        


Image of 2017 Outstanding Educator Award Winners l-r Reames, Edwards, Anderson, Simmons and May - Feb 15 -2017Fayetteville – 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 Feb. 14 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. The winners were as follows:
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2017

        


Image of the first recipients of the Champion for Children Award.At Board Members’ request, the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) invited Mrs. Porter and DJ Batise come and speak to all of our school staffs for the 2016-2017 kick off in August. Their story is one of how an educator can change a child’s life forever. In the Q & A part of the presentation, Mrs. Porter was asked how she was celebrated in her district for this work. Sadly, she was not. In Cumberland County Schools, we have those educators who make the difference every day. Dr. Till wanted to find a way to make certain that these educators are recognized and celebrated. He tasked the Innovation Council with the nomination, selection, and recognition process. The CCS was pleased to recognize the first honorees of the CCS’ Champion for Children Award at the January 10 School Board meeting.
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Published by Laurie Pender on January 11, 2017

        


Image of Kelly Griffin, Cumberland County Schools 2017 Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of the YearKelly Griffin, Cumberland County School’s Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017 engages minds, encourages risk, supports struggle, cultivates wonder, and shares everything, enthusiastically. Close your eyes for a moment and think about this, “When was the last time you did something for the very first time?” For Kelly Griffin’s students, the answer to this question is TODAY, every day.

Kelly Griffin has spent the last 13 years of her career in gifted education. She currently serves as an AIG Teacher/Consultant at Gray’s Creek Middle School for students in grades 6-8. She works with 190 identified AIG students weekly. Kelly believes in learning and creating ideas with others, which she does regularly with colleagues, administration, and other AIG Teachers across the county.  She is a leader in innovative curriculum, spending countless hours preparing lessons and activities that are rigorous, relevant and unforgettable for her students. She feels that “an innovative classroom structure produces innovative learners”.

Kelly will now go on to compete for the 2017 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted. She will be recognized at the 43rd annual North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Conference in March 2017, in Winston-Salem as Cumberland County School’s AIG Teacher of the Year.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 30, 2016

        


Image of Kendra Adams who was recently recognized as an Exceptional Childrens Teacher of Excellence! The Cumberland County Schools congratulates Kendra Adams from Westover High School who was recently recognized at the State EC Conference in Greensboro as an Exceptional Children’s (EC) Teacher of Excellence!  
 
Adams is an EC Teacher who has worked with students on the Autism Spectrum for more than seven years.  She teaches the Extensions to the Standard Course of Study to a wonderful group of students with ASD at Westover High School in Cumberland County.  She is a master teacher and despite the inherent challenges students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities have, she makes teaching look easy.  Her classroom is a place where students truly grow and reach toward their potential.  She loves technology and innovation and creates an environment that fosters the use of technologies for communication, learning, and leisure skills so that her students have the same types of access at school as typical students.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 22, 2016

        


Image of Dr. Vernon Lowery, Principal of Westover High School and the CCS' 2017 Principal of the Year

Dr. Vernon Lowery

FayettevilleDr. Vernon S. Lowery, principal of Westover High School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2017 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s Principal of the Year Brunch.

Dr. Lowery now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.  After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 17-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for nine years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from Methodist University in 1999. She later obtained master’s degrees in Education (Secondary Biology) and School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU). 
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 5, 2016

        


Melody Chalmers, Wells Fargo 2016 NC Principal of the Year

Melody Chalmers, Wells Fargo 2016 NC Principal of the Year

FayettevilleMelody Chalmers, the principal of E. E. Smith High School, was announced this afternoon as the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The announcement came during a state-wide luncheon in Cary.

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson commended Chalmers on her selection. “Melody is known as an innovative problem solver who is committed to the academic and personal growth of each of her students and teachers. Her staff and students truly benefit from the nurturing learning environment she promotes.”

In naming Chalmers the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, Juan Austin, Wells Fargo Carolinas Community Affairs senior vice president, said, “Melody has a special ability to recruit and retain quality teachers in her school, and student achievement is remarkable. Our education system has never been at a more critical juncture than now and with administrators like Melody we all see how dedication and effort connects with students, staff and parents.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 12, 2016

        


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