KENANSVILLE — The Duplin County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Austin Obasohan congratulated 61 teachers from across the county before a recent Board of Education meeting held at Warsaw Elementary School. The teachers’ classes demonstrated outstanding academic growth last spring as measured by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
NCDPI measured elementary and middle grades teachers whose third through eighth grade students ranked in the top 25 percent for student academic growth on end-of-grade (EOG) testing last spring. Also ranked were high school teachers whose Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Advanced Placement (AP) instruction assisted students in earning industry credentials and AP credits.
Obasohan expressed his gratitude to the teachers for their professionalism and dedication to their students, noting that their leadership in the classroom and among their peers is valued. He also thanked Executive Director of Human Resources Daren Tyndall and Director of Recruitment and Teacher Support Services Sylvia Draughn for organizing the event.
Duplin County Schools teachers listed on NCDPI’s honor roll by category are:
Third grade reading — Brianna Albertson, Beulaville Elementary School; Annetta Hall and Heather Ratliff, Chinquapin Elementary School; Brenda Kennedy, Kenansville Elementary School; Melinda Godwin and April Price-Rose, North Duplin Elementary School; and Erica Chapman and Karley Norris, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School; Hannah Tucker, Warsaw Elementary School.
Fourth and fifth grade reading — Billie Duff and Susan Fry, Beulaville Elementary School; Andrew Wilson and Wendy Woodard, B.F. Grady Elementary School; Kimberly Jones, Kenansville Elementary School; Tracy Cruse and Vickie Mutter, North Duplin Elementary School; Rachel Stafford, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School; Adrienne Cook and Monica Rivenbark, Wallace Elementary School; Michael Fisher, Wallace-Rose Hill High School; and Tammy Baysden, Warsaw Elementary School.
Fourth through eighth grade math — Eleanor Pickett Bond, Karrie Jarman, Amy Kennedy, Sherry Thigpen, and Deborah Wise, Beulaville Elementary School; Amy Bostic, Joy James, Andrew Wilson, and Wendy Woodard, B. F. Grady Elementary School; Dennis Hatcher and Jeri Humphries, Chinquapin Elementary School; Jo Boone, Kenansville Elementary School; Rubenia Graham and Shanique Sewer, Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School; Cheryll Pagal and Monica Rivenbark, Wallace Elementary School; and Tammy Baysden, Monica Ruffin, and Alisa Simmons, Warsaw Elementary School.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) — Regina Humphries, Nicole Lane, David Lee, and Laura Testerman, East Duplin High School; Darlene Quinn, Jamisha Raymond, and Joshua Singletary, James Kenan High School; Jessica Caver and Deborah Shivar, North Duplin Jr/Sr High School; and LoAngela McKinzie and Robin Scott, Wallace-Rose Hill High School.
Advanced Placement (AP) — Leah Fife, Karen Jackson, Kirk Kennedy, and Beverly Sholar, East Duplin High School; Kevin Anderson and Dianne Canuette, North Duplin Jr/Sr High School; Sarah Durden, Shaula Hardin, Thomas Naramore, and Amy Powers, Wallace-Rose Hill High School.
These teachers and all whose classes showed growth in the top 25 percent in the state, in the school district, or both received bonuses. According to NCDPI, about 6,900 teachers qualified for the bonuses.