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NHCS Announces Staff Recognitions for Secondary Math Education and Gifted Education

Gregory Teacher Shauntel Palmer Named NHCS Outstanding Math Teacher of the Year

Shauntel Palmer

Shauntel Palmer, a teacher at The International School at Gregory, was recently named New Hanover County Schools’ Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for the 2017-2018 year. Ms. Palmer received a certificate of recognition as well as a free one-year membership to North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).

“Ms. Palmer is an outstanding math educator. She’s passionate about her work and seeks to learn new strategies to engage students in meaningful math content. She stays abreast of emerging middle school mathematics research, and this is evident when observing her classroom. Ms. Palmer serves as grade level chair as well as the math coach for our school; she is certainly a leader at the International School at Gregory. She also volunteers to lead professional development at staff meetings, sharing activities and lessons with other educators. Furthermore, she makes real connections with our students, making learning math a true joy,” said Assistant Principal Sheri Ashley.

The importance of mathematics instruction in our schools cannot be overestimated. To emphasize this reality, NCCTM and the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) strive to recognize and reward Secondary Teachers who exemplify mathematics teaching excellence by nurturing students' enthusiasm through involvement in mathematics fairs, projects, and competitions to supplement and enhance everyday classroom experiences. This recognition is for those teachers who succeed in motivating students to excel in mathematics.


Trask Teacher Michael Harper Nominated for AIG Teacher of the Year

Michael HarperMichael Harper has been nominated as the 2018-2019 New Hanover County Schools Gifted Education Teacher of the Year. Mr. Harper is the Gifted Education Specialist at Trask Middle School.

He will be notified in January 2019 if he is a state finalist. He will also attend the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) 44th Annual Conference in Winston-Salem in March where the state Gifted Education Teacher of the Year will be announced.

NCAGT's "Teacher of the Gifted" Award is presented annually to a North Carolina teacher of gifted children who exhibits a strong commitment to gifted education. Mr. Harper’s passion for teaching Language Arts to his students is evident. His students are challenged to stretch themselves for all assignments. Mr. Harper’s students all remember their public speaking experiences, particularly debates.