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

        


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