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Originally published: 2013-03-04 13:49:58
Last modified: 2013-03-04 13:49:58

Our View: Nine go to the head of the class

When you've got 400 well-educated, experienced and exemplary colleagues, the odds are not great that even your best effort will be recognized among the top ranks. Recently, however, Watauga County Schools did recognize the best of the best. Nine teachers were selected from among their peers as the 2103-14 Teachers of the Year.

This honor does not come easy. As evidenced by the standards already in place in our county schools -- for example. our teachers proportionally have more graduate degrees than teachers across the state, the proportion of National Board Certified teachers ranks second out of North Carolina's 115 school districts, our elementary and middle school students typically outperform students statewide, our high school boasts a higher graduation rate than their statewide peers and our students' SAT scores generally outscore national averages -- our teachers are doing a phenomenal job across the board. Our students' successes speak to that.

Still, teachers Lindsey Wilson, Susan Trew, Tiffany Reece, Donna Greene, Jenny McCourry, Meghan Mixon, Jamie Dale, Gina Holste and Klay Anderson were selected as examples of excellence in teaching.

We thank these nine teachers, and each of their colleagues, for the daily service they offer our children. Watauga County's schools are built not of brick and mortar, but on the foundation of dedication to enriching the life and future of each student -- a foundation that begins with our educators.