Hough instructor among CMS Teacher of the Year finalists

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has named Sean Baker, a 10th-grade civics and economics teacher at Hough High School, as a finalist for Teacher of the Year.

He began his teaching career in Gaston County and has been an educator since 2002.

Baker earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in comprehensive social studies from UNC Charlotte.

Other finalists are Willie Brooks, James Martin Middle; Deanna Chinault, Endhaven Elementary; Darrell Potts, West Mecklenburg High; Lecia Shockley, Selwyn Elementary; Kristin Ward, West Charlotte High; and Emily Wegener, Albemarle Road Elementary. 

The winner will be announced May 22.


Hopewell High teacher wins global education award

HUNTERSVILLE – Fabrice Fresse, a world language teacher at Hopewell High, won a 2014 Global Educator Award and the Global Educator’s Choice Award, VIF International Education announced.

Fresse, who is from France, was recognized with a Global Educator Award based on his submission of a comprehensive global lesson plan that illustrates his dedication to using dynamic resources and approaches to promote global awareness among his students.

“My aim (with the lesson I submitted) was to have students examine different countries and cultures that share a language so they understand that the world is not accidentally divided into these countries and cultures and that sharing a language also implies sharing a history,” he said.

Fresse also received the Global Educator’s Choice Award after his lesson plan earned the most votes from other global educators who reviewed winning lessons. As an award winner, Fresse will receive a travel voucher to support continued cultural learning.

Fresse has been a teacher for almost 10 years and has been at Hopewell High for a year.

“Students are not only learning a subject,” Fresse said. “They are also learning how to communicate and participate in the world.”


PTA group honors Bailey principal 

CORNELIUS – Chad Thomas won the 2013-14 NC PTA Principal of the Year Award, which recognizes principals for contributions to education that benefit students, teachers and families through PTA involvement.

Thomas has served as principal at Bailey Middle since summer 2012.

He had been principal at Long Creek since 2007. Before that, he worked as principal at Pawtucket Elementary for five years.

He has a master’s degree in school administration from UNC Charlotte.


Resident receives Congressional Award 

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger awarded Congressional Awards to 15 high school students, including Huntersville resident Jackson Yearick, May 10 at the Nations Ford Community Church Youth Activity Center.

Yearick is taught through homeschool.

The Congressional Award is a voluntary, non-competitive award given by members of Congress to recognize high-achieving youth ages 14-23. The award focuses on volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration.


Hough students win FBLA competitions

CORNELIUS – Two Hough High students placed in this year’s Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference held March 20-22 in Greensboro.

Matthew Norrito won the impromptu speaking event and will proceed to nationals. Joseph Obeid was selected as the N.C. Business Education Association's Outstanding Student Award winner for 2014.

Norrito and Obeid were finalists in the community service project. Obeid was a finalist in personal finance and Mikayla Benson was a finalist in word processing. 


Lake Norman Christian students visit Washington, D.C. sites

DAVIDSON – Eighth-graders at Lake Norman Christian School toured the U.S. Capitol Complex and historical sites for a graduation trip.  

This was the first in a series of annual trips planned for subsequent years to expand on the school's effort to make education experiential, according to Wes Johnston, head of school.

Freshmen were invited to join the eighth grade for the trip. Sophomores and juniors simultaneously visited other American heritage sites in Virginia.


Stroll Through the Arts returns to North Meck High

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg High School will host its sixth annual Stroll Through the Arts exhibit 4-7 p.m. May 21.

Enjoy a stroll through the halls and walkways of North Meck (“J” Hall) enjoying various visual art mediums, including ceramics, photography, paintings and 2D art while listening to live music provided by students. 

The evening continues at 7 p.m. for those interested in attending a performance by North Meck’s band.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission costs $5.


Davidson engage in charity

DAVIDSON – Davidson Elementary students donated $6,185.32 in change for the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, putting the school over the $50,000 mark for the past five years, according to Joanna Bailey.

Davidson Elementary also donated more than 150 backpacks, 10 soccer balls and school supplies as part of No Backpack Day and Backpack Collection Day.