August 28, 2016

Teacher Erin Kessel's back-to-school shopping plan involves more than picking up books, dry-erase markers and a pencil sharpener. In the weeks leading up to the start of the school year on Monday, she has been trying to put her hands on some PVC pipes and bicycle tire inner tubes.

This might make…

Top teacher goes from planning events to planning lessons

August 28, 2016

Read more about Pitt County Teacher of the Year Erin Kessel, other Teacher of the Year finalists, and teachers of the year at the elementary, K-8, middle and high school levels.

Trying to ignore the election

August 28, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — I am on a ship cruising around Alaska this week, hoping fabulous natural grandeur might distract me from the election, but it isn't working. Every morning I go online and peruse three newspapers for the political news, no Olympics or pennant race, no story about the poor…

Teacher of the Year Finalists

August 28, 2016

Jada Tew Rogers

AGE: 46

SCHOOL: Wahl-Coates Elementary

I TEACH: fourth grade


EDUCATION: bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education, East Carolina University; National Board Certification


IF IF COULD NOT BE A TEACHER, I WOULD: I've always wanted to…