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2014-15 Beginning Teachers of Excellence

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Congratulations to our "Beginning Teachers of Excellence" for 2014-2015 (from left to right): Caroline Sheffield, Trinity High School; Alyssa Baker, Franklinville Elementary School; Jessica Gordon, Northeastern Randolph Middle School

Alyssa Baker – Franklinville Elementary School
Ms. Baker teaches all subject areas as a fifth grade teacher at Franklinville Elementary School.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Ms. Baker is a team player and leader at her school and serves as Co-advisor for Franklinville Student Council and the Franklinville Library Club.  She has spent countless hours analyzing her classroom data in order to make the best placements and choose the right assignments for her students.    

In the words of her Principal, Mrs. Sharon Wallace, “Ms. Baker’s class is consistently on-task and her classroom has a positive, family atmosphere.  Ms. Baker has instilled in her students the expectations she has set for them; and her class runs like a well-oiled machine.  Ms. Baker stood out from the moment we first met.  Her positive attitude, constant reflection on her instruction, and the care and concern she has for her individual students on both a personal and academic level put her head and shoulders above other beginning teachers anywhere!”

Jessica Gordon – Northeastern Randolph Middle School
Ms. Jessica Gordon is a sixth through eighth grade agriculture teacher at Northeastern Randolph Middle School.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Mount Olive.  She sponsors the Future Farmers of America organization at NERMS.  Through her love and compassion for agriculture, she has initiated some programs never offered at her school, such as Hunter Safety and Dairy Judging.  She has also participated in various professional development opportunities in the areas of agriculture and spent many hours making her program stronger.     

In the words of her Principal, Mrs. Dana Albright-Johnson, “Ms. Gordon devotes endless hours to support her students in FFA at NERMS.  She collaborates very closely with a colleague at Providence Grove High School so that our middle school students are better prepared once they arrive to high school.  She also believes in and encourages continual learning for her students to promote their leadership skills.  Jessica Gordon gives her work as an educator her all and reminds those of us in the teaching profession why we entered into it -- to love kids and to share the love of our content area with them.  She always does so with a smile, no matter the obstacles!”

Caroline Sheffield – Trinity High School
Ms. Caroline Sheffield is an Agri-Science, Horticulture and Environmental Natural Resources teacher at Trinity High School.  She holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education from North Carolina State University.  She is the Future Farmers of America Advisor and the Horticulture Team Advisor.  Ms. Sheffield is very involved in all aspects of agriculture at her school and graciously gives countless hours of her time making the program even better at THS. She gives to the community through a plant sale and involves her students in the nearby elementary schools educating the younger students on the many facets of agriculture.  She also initiated grant applications to fund an outdoor classroom setting which was designed by her students.     

In the words of her Principal, Mr. Larry Chappell, “Ms. Sheffield has proved to be much more than a beginning teacher.  She is very innovative and always up for trying new things.  She has invited guest speakers from NCSU into her classroom to cover her course objectives while motivating her students.  She has embraced literacy and technology in her classroom.  Ms. Sheffield has approached all situations of a beginning teacher with excitement and enthusiasm.  THS cannot wait to see how her career and the Agriculture program flourishes with her at the helm.”

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