Charlotte-Mecklenburg Colleges introduced the brand new trainer of the yr and trainer assistant of the yr at a Could 5 celebration at East Mecklenburg Excessive. Demeka Kimpson, band director at Sedgefield Center, was named the 2021 CMS Teacher of the Year. Stephanie Donnis, a trainer assistant at Druid Hills Academy, was named the 2021 CMS Instructor Assistant of the Yr.
The celebration was a part of Instructor Appreciation Week, Could 3-7. Charles G. Monnett III & Associates donated a $500 present card to every trainer of the yr finalist, with Kimpson successful a further $1,200 in present playing cards. The agency additionally donated a $300 present card to every trainer assistant of the yr finalist, with Donnis receiving a further $700 in present playing cards. Keffer Volkswagen will present a car to Kimpson for one yr. All 12 finalists acquired $25 present playing cards to Well-known Toastery from Classroom Central.
“I’m grateful for our wonderful educating employees and the way they’ve met the challenges of this yr,” stated Superintendent Earnest Winston. “They’re artistic, progressive and have a deep dedication to the training of our college students and the well-being of our households.”
Kimpson is in her nineteenth yr of educating and her sixteenth yr at Sedgefield. A local of Orangeburg, S.C., she earned a bachelor’s diploma in music training from Claflin College in Orangeburg and her grasp’s diploma in music from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. A woodwind specialist, Kimpson performs clarinet and flute, in addition to saxophone, low-brass devices and cello. Learn extra about Kimpson here.
Donnis has been a trainer assistant for 9 years, all at Druid Hills. She has lived in Charlotte for greater than 40 years and left a media profession to pursue her want to show. Donnis works with second-graders, however she can also be a household advocate, who does dwelling visits and connects companions with households to assist college students succeed, stated Dr. Carla Mathis, principal at Druid Hills. Learn extra about Donnis here.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Training Chair Elyse Dashew and the superintendent spoke on the celebration. The winners had been introduced by 2020 Instructor Assistant of the Yr Brittany Bush and 2020 Instructor of the Yr Cece Sizoo-Roberson.
This press launch was produced by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The views expressed are the writer’s personal.