Cox named WCPS Teacher of the Year

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GOLDSBORO – Jaime Cox, a music teacher at Grantham Elementary, was selected as the 2022-23 Wayne County Public Schools Teacher of the Year during the annual Celebration of Excellence banquet held May 3 at Lane Tree Conference Center.

Cox was one of three faculty members from Southern Wayne County schools honored during the evening. Also recognized for their outstanding work were Kevin Casto from Mount Olive Middle and Jane Sasser from Brogden Middle.

Dr. David Lewis, WCPS superintendent, presented the award to Cox.

“I have always found her to be the quintessential professional, listening to others’ opinions with interest, offering suggestions based upon sound pedagogy and demonstrating a sincere willingness to try new strategies,” said Tracy McKeel, principal at Grantham Elementary. “Earnestly caring for her fellow teachers and the students she serves is a strong and noticeable trait in her personality.”

Casto received the Middle School CTE Teacher of the Year award.

“He [Casto] always maintains a positive attitude with his students and creates engaging and innovative lessons for them,” said E.J. Cromartie, principal at Mount Olive Middle. “He takes pride in helping to develop our leaders of tomorrow and guiding them to be better citizens of our community.”

Sasser received the Media Coordinator of the Year award.

“She [Sasser] was awarded an internship during the summer of 2019 at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.,” said Cortrina Smith, student support facilitator. “She says that she continuously tries to expand her knowledge and that she enjoys sharing it with her fellow teachers and community members.”

Other award recipients were Julie Brown, High School CTE Teacher of the Year from Eastern Wayne; Gina Sutton, WCPS School Counselor of the Year from Northeast Elementary; Thomas Presley, 2022-23 WCPS Assistant Principal of the Year at Greenwood Middle; and Brian Weeks, 2022-23 WCPS Principal of the Year at Norwayne Middle.

The WCPS teacher and principal of the year are part of state and national awards programs. Cox and Weeks each advance to a regional competition.

Before the ceremony, Wayne County Board of Education Chair Chris West read a Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation approved during the board’s monthly meeting May 2.

“I would like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to all of the award winners for their outstanding contributions to their school and our district,” Lewis said. “Each of you have clearly demonstrated excellence in education, a proven commitment to your profession and a strong dedication to helping find success at school and in life.

“You represent the very best in the education profession.”

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