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New Hanover County Schools Announces 2018-2019 Educators of the Year
Christen Howe of Bradley Creek Named Overall Teacher of the Year
Krista Holland of Anderson Named Principal of the Year

Christen Howe Karie Loeber Catherine Coleman Krista Holland
Christen Howe Kari Loeber Catherine Coleman Krista Holland

The New Hanover County Board of Education, in collaboration with Hendrick Toyota of Wilmington and Wells Fargo Foundation, honored 45 Teachers of the Year and principals at the Educator of the Year Banquet held at Ashley High School on June 6, 2018. There were approximately 200 people in attendance. Guests included members of the Board, New Hanover County Schools senior staff, school administrators, teachers, and representatives from Wells Fargo and Hendrick Toyota.

The following individuals were named NHCS' Educators of the Year:

  • Elementary School – Christen Howe, Bradley Creek Elementary School
  • Middle School – Kari Loeber, Trask Middle School
  • High School – Catherine Coleman, Hoggard High School
  • Principal- Krista Holland, Anderson Elementary School, was named the 2018-2019 Principal of the Year.

The 2018-2019 NHCS Educator of the Year is Christen Howe.

Upon receiving the Educator of the Year honor, Ms. Howe thanked her fellow educators for making her better. "We rise by lifting others. We can lift our students by getting to know them as people, building on their strengths, and empowering them to take ownership of their learning." She also encouraged fellow educators to lift one another up.

Principal of the Year Krista Holland stated, “We have unlimited power to speak life into children every day; whatever it is that we tell children we believe about them and see in them, they’ll believe and begin to see it too. We have the power to change the trajectory of children’s lives. Let’s not be afraid to use it!”

Each winner was cited for their outstanding contributions to education and presented with awards from the NHC Board of Education. As the NHCS Teacher of the Year, Christen Howe received the keys to a new Toyota Prius to use for one year, compliments of Hendrick Toyota of Wilmington.

In addition, The Wells Fargo Foundation, Inc. contributed $1,000 to each Elementary, Middle, and High School Teacher of the Year, and the Principal of the Year. Ms. Howe and Mrs. Holland will go on to represent NHCS at the regional level and possibly advance to the state level.

During the banquet, the Board recognized all of the schools’ 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year:

2018-2019 Teachers of the Year:

Megan Prey, Alderman Elementary School
Kim Houser, Anderson Elementary School
Gwen Abraham, Ashley High School
Alicia Chapman, Bellamy Elementary School
Desiree Garay, Blair Elementary School
Christen Howe, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Beth Cronin, Career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC
Rachel Taylor Joyce, Carolina Beach Elementary
Brandy Conley, Castle Hayne Elementary School
Tisa Freck, Codington Elementary School
Katherine Profita, College Park Elementary School
Sara Lehman, College Road Early Childhood Center
Amanda Manchester, Eaton Elementary School
Sally Kilgore, Forest Hills Global Elementary School
Jan Ellington, Freeman Elementary School of Engineering
Linsey Honaker, The International School at Gregory
Catherine Coleman, Hoggard High School
Amber Le, Holly Shelter Middle School
Bethany Nay, Holly Tree Elementary School
Scott Hatch, Howe Pre-K Center
Bailey Hall, Isaac Bear Early College High School
Casey McDonald, Johnson Pre-K Center
Laura Jolly, Lake Forest Academy
Laura Bullard, Laney High School
Robyn Hauck, Murray Middle School
Kimberly Baltezegar, Murrayville Elementary School
Jeff Christner, Myrtle Grove Middle School
Nicolette Johnson, New Hanover High School
Ashley Morgan, Noble Middle School
Jennifer Cockrell, Ogden Elementary School
Sara Haukos, Parsley Elementary School
Elisabeth Mead, Pine Valley Elementary School
Christopher Moore, J. C. Roe Center
William McKibbin, Roland-Grise Middle School
Maura Stewart, Snipes Academy of Arts & Design
Richard Kukor, Southeast Area Technical High School
Heather Heinze, Sunset Park Elementary School
Kari Loeber, Trask Middle School
Tamika Bierlein, D. C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
Alexandria Moore, Williams Elementary School
Wendy Mateos, Williston Middle School
Lauren Gray, Wilmington Early College High School
Allyson Stoddard, Winter Park Elementary School
Annie Brinkley, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Kimberly Thompson, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

Principal of the Year Nominees:

Krista Holland, Anderson Elementary School
Maria Madison, College Park Elementary School
Jackson Norvell, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
Dr. Margaret Rollison, Trask Middle School

Congratulations to all!

Special thanks to the sponsors of the Educator of the Year Banquet:

A Taste of Italy
Chick-Fil-A
CrossFit Monkey Junction
Edible Arrangements
Hendrick Toyota
Jersey Mike’s
Lowes Home Improvement
McDonald’s
Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Pelican’s Snoballs
Port City Java
P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille
Southern Sign Company
The Fresh Market
Trader Joe’s
Wells Fargo Foundation
Joseph Zell






Posted: 06/07/18