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August 28, 2016

Jeremy Walker

AGE: 36

SCHOOL: Bethel School

I TEACH: physical education and health

HOMETOWN: Currituck County

EDUCATION: bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science, East Carolina University

YEARS TEACHING: eight

MY CLASS MOTTO IS: Practice and effort creates success.

Sarah Renee Ayers…


Teacher of the year: From event planning to lesson planning

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…


Teacher of the Year Finalists

August 28, 2016

Jada Tew Rogers

AGE: 46

SCHOOL: Wahl-Coates Elementary

I TEACH: fourth grade

HOMETOWN: Wendell

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

YEARS TEACHING: 24

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


Teachers of the Year: High School

August 28, 2016

Gracie Baker

AGE: 28

SCHOOL: Ayden-Grifton High School

I TEACH: math

HOMETOWN: Grifton

EDUCATION: bachelor of science degree in mathematics and secondary mathematics education from East Carolina University

YEARS TEACHING: four

MY GREATEST CHALLENGE AS A TEACHER: is balancing my family and kids at…