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New Hanover County Schools Announces 2017-2018 Educators of the Year

The New Hanover County Board of Education and the Wells Fargo Foundation honored 44 Teachers of the Year and principals at the Educator of the Year Banquet held at Ashley High School last night, June 7, 2017. There were approximately 180 in attendance, which included Board members, senior staff, school administrators, teachers, and representatives from Wells Fargo and Hendrick Toyota.

The following were named New Hanover County Schools' Educators of the Year:

  • Elementary School – Victoria Minshew, College Park Elementary School
  • Middle School – Amber Adams, Trask Middle School
  • High School – Angela Hewett, Eugene Ashley High School
  • Principal Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis, Bradley Creek Elementary School, was named the 2017-2018 Principal of the Year.

The 2017-2018 New Hanover County Schools Educator of the Year is Angela Hewett.

Upon receiving the honor, Ms. Hewett beamed and said, “I love what I do. I get to change lives every day.”

Victoria Minshew, Elementary Teacher of the Year Amber Adams, Middle School Teacher of the Year Angela Hewett, High School & NHCS Teacher of the Year Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis, Principal of the Year
Victoria Minshew
College Park Elementary
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Amber Adams
Trask Middle School
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Angela Hewett
Ashley High School
High School Teacher of the Year and NHCS Teacher of the Year
Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis
Bradley Creek Elementary
Principal of the Year

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, Ms. Hewett received the keys to a new Toyota Prius II 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. Hewett and Dr. Kefalonitis 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’ 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year:

2017-2018 Teachers of the Year:

Brittany Jacobs, Edwin A. Alderman Elementary School
Catherine Morrow, Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School
Angela Hewett, Eugene Ashley High School
Tammy Giever, Heyward C. Bellamy Elementary School
Amy Williams, John J. Blair Elementary School
Suzanne McIntosh, Bradley Creek Elementary School
James Figliolia, Career Readiness Academy at Mosley PLC
Carrie Boos, Carolina Beach Elementary
David Glenn, Castle Hayne Elementary School
Ashley Schauer, Dr. John Codington Elementary School
Victoria Minshew, College Park Elementary School
Meredith Stinnett, College Road Early Childhood Center
Rebecca DePreta, Eaton Elementary School
Ashley Hodges, Forest Hills Global Elementary School
Kimberly Summersill, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering
Jared Marks, The International School at Gregory
Billy Mason, John T. Hoggard High School
Terry Johns, Holly Shelter Middle School
Theresa McCullough, Holly Tree Elementary School
Tiffany Williams, Mary W. Howe Early Childhood Center
Rebecca Griffith, Isaac Bear Early College High School
Rebecca Batchelor, Johnson Pre-K Center
Stephanie Sharon, Lake Forest Academy
Meredith Kopec, Emsley A. Laney High School
Byron Hager, Charles P. Murray Middle School
Stephanie Mueller, Murrayville Elementary School
Mary Morgan, Myrtle Grove Middle School
Kimberly Eadie, New Hanover High School
Amy Yarborough, M. C. S. Noble Middle School
Lindsay Hall, Ogden Elementary School
Candace Hart, Walter L. Parsley Elementary School
Kacie Klaren, Pine Valley Elementary School
Michelle Tucker, J. C. Roe Center Susan
Christine Wesner, Roland-Grise Middle School
Amanda Kausak, Snipes Academy of Arts & Design
Mark Zimmerman, Sunset Park Elementary School
Amber Adams, Emma B. Trask Middle School
Matilda Scott, D. C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
Jennifer Edwards, Mary C. Williams Elementary School
Elizabeth Whittington, Williston Middle School
Emily Myers, Wilmington Early College High School
Mary Beth Moore, Winter Park Elementary School
Mark Clapton, Wrightsboro Elementary School
Michael Whittle, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School

Principal of the Year Nominees:

Cyndy Bliss, Castle Hayne Elementary School
Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis, Bradley Creek Elementary School
Amy Oots, Mary C. Williams Elementary School

Congratulations to all!

Special thanks to the sponsors of the EOY Banquet:

Barnes & Noble, Blue Water, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Carolina Ale House, Chick-Fil-A, Coastal Car Wash, Costco, CrossFit CB, Edible Arrangements, Flaming Amy’s CB, Harris School Solutions, Henry’s, Hops Supply Co., Homewood Suites, Tyler Kent, Live Free Chiropractic, Lowe’s Foods, McDonald’s, Oceanic, Port City Java, Port City Sports Performance, Publix, Rodan+Fields-Jen Nau, Southern Sign Co., Staples, Target, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, UNCW, Wilmington Sharks Baseball, YMCA, Joseph Zell.

Dr. John Welmers, Dr. Susan Hahn, Amber Adams, Jack Morgan of Hendrick Toyota and Educator of the Year
Dr. John Welmers, Dr. Susan Hahn, Amber Adams,
Angela Hewett, Victoria Minshew, Dr. Lauren Kefalonitis,
and Dr. Tim Markley
Jack Morgan of Hendrick Toyota and Educator of the Year
 Angela Hewett



Posted: 06/08/17