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Impressions: Teacher of the Year Event

Posted by West Teaching Scholars

April 17, 2015

Category: Student Blogs

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the Academy for Teaching and the Department of Teacher Education hosted the annual Teacher of the Year Event. 

Mr. James Ford, a ninth grade world history teacher at Garinger High School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was names the 2014-2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Mr. Ford, along with Cassie Thompson, the Rowan-Salisbury Schools District Teacher of the Year and an instructional reading design coach at Morgan Elementary School, participated in a panel discussion with the freshmen West Scholars. Mr. Ford then gave a keynote address to the education students in Tom Smith Auditorium called “Standing in the Gap” with Mrs. Thompson as our special guest. 

Below are blogs from some of the West Scholars about the Teacher of the Year event:

NathanWyatt.jpgNathan Wyatt, Cohort ‘14
I found the TOY panel discussion to be extremely helpful in learning more information about the qualities and teaching strategies of successful educators in North Carolina. I found Mr. Ford's ability to connect with his students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, to be a valuable way to help their educational progress. I also found some of Mrs. Thompson's suggestions, including giving students fake money as incentives to perform classroom chores, to be innovative and helpful to aid classroom management. Mr. Ford and Mrs. Thompson both offered priceless insight into their careers as successful educators, and I greatly appreciate them speaking with us regarding their experiences.

JordanDavis.jpgJordan Davis, Cohort ‘14

Both speakers were very inspiring this morning. Their answers to our questions just reinforced the fact that I do want to be a teacher and help kids. I thought they both had great advice to offer us as future teachers.

I definitely thought that Mr. Ford was very insightful and gave a lot of good advice to us as future teachers. I took a lot away from his presentation today and I think that everyone needed to hear his views and how things work.

Haley20Campbell.jpgHaley Campbell, Cohort ‘11
Mr. Ford's presentation spoke to the heart of every future teacher in the room on Thursday morning. I took away many points from Mr. Ford’s presentation, but the most important thing he discussed was the fact that teachers are responsible for teaching and producing every other profession in the world – that is a big deal. Teachers truly are the building block and foundation of every future and Mr. Ford is a great example of a firm foundation capable of producing better futures through education.


RSS Teacher of the Year, Cassie Thompson and James Ford, NC Teacher of the Year get ready for their panel discussion with the freshmen West Scholars. 





The freshmen West Scholars pose with the two TOYs.


Students gather in Tom Smith Auditorium for James Ford’s keynote address.


Senior West Scholar Michelle Newberger introduces NC TOY James Ford.


James Ford delivers his keynote address entitled “Standing in the Gap.”

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