Great Community, Great Schools: Extraordinary Educators 2021 

With the school year in full swing, we want to say a huge welcome back to all of our students and educators in the classroom this week! We had the privilege of kicking off a week back to school in the best way possible – by attending this year’s Extraordinary Educators luncheon. Hosted by Guilford Education Alliance, and…

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The “L” Word: Extraordinary Educator Tessa Pendley 

Extraordinary Educator Tessa Pendley

While many educators begin their careers because of their passion for learning, it’s not every teacher that remembers there is something even more important than learning when it comes to the teacher-student relationship. For Extraordinary Educator, Tessa Pendley, she knows there’s another “L” word that needs the spotlight in her classroom: “love.”   “When my students leave my classroom,” says Tessa,…

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Leave an Imprint: Extraordinary Educators Erica McLeod

Erica McLeod, Extraordinary Educator at Welborn Academy of Science and Technology in High Point, NC, smiles at the camera.

When Erica McLeod stands up in front of her classroom of seventh graders, she doesn’t get discouraged by middle school attitudes or a lack of enthusiasm. She doesn’t take it personally when students don’t always vocalize their appreciation for their teachers and educators. Because Erica knows, that sometimes even the best teachers go unthanked, but that doesn’t mean their…

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The Evidence of an Educator: Extraordinary Educator Deanna Wynn

Extraordinary Educator Deanna Wynn

When Deanna Wynn was growing up, her head was constantly filled with phrases of, “You’ll become a teacher one day, just like your mother!” As a ten-year-old girl with a passion for marine biology, Deanna didn’t agree. Although she says she had compassion for others and wanted to see them succeed, Deanna never saw herself as…

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The Montessori Method: Extraordinary Educator Michelle King

Michelle King, Extraordinary Educator at Triangle Lake Montessori School in High Point, NC, smiles at the camera.

Every teacher has their own classroom philosophy that guides the way they instruct and encourage their students’ learning. For the educators at Triangle Lake Montessori Elementary School, it’s the teachings of Maria Montessori, a physician who pioneered the Montessori method that serves as their North Star. The method, which prioritizes the independence of each child and looks…

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“I Wanted to be Like Her:” Extraordinary Educator Aneisha Coffield

Aneisha Coffield, Extraordinary Educator at Southwest Guilford Middle School in High Point, NC, smiles at the camera.

When Aneisha Coffield was eight years old, she would watch her aunt, Lizzie Mae. Lizzie Mae was a teacher who not only exhibited the qualities of a good teacher in the classroom but out of it as well.   Young Aneisha would watch her beloved aunt interact with people, bringing grace, intelligence, and confidence to every situation. And…

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The Education Balancing Act: Extraordinary Educator Kayla Tate

Extraordinary Educator Kayla Tate

All good educators know that teaching is a constant balancing act. From giving your students room to learn independently to guiding their steps; from focusing on individual students to focusing on the class as a whole; from being composed in front of your students to being real – a lot of time in the classroom is spent trying to achieve the yin and…

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Teacher Appreciation Day: Extraordinary Educator Cephonia Gilmore 

Extraordinary Educator, Cephonia Gilmore who is a teacher Dean B. Pruette SCALE Academy in High Point, NC.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! It’s no surprise that this is a week near and dear to the heart of High Point Discovered, since we spend a good portion of the year honoring and celebrating our Extraordinary Educators. But did you know that our nation has been honoring educators for Teacher Appreciation Week for years? Many…

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Fulfilling a Mother’s Dream: Extraordinary Educator Hector Gomez

Extraordinary Educator Hector Gomez

Growing up in Colombia, Hector Gomez always heard the stories his mother would tell of how much she had longed to become a teacher.   “But my mother lived in a small farm in the south of Colombia and did not have the chance to graduate from elementary school,” Hector explains. He remembers his mother’s stories of her childhood, many of which included his mother and her sisters…

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When Teachers are Teachable: Extraordinary Educator Meagan Smoot  

At Parkview Village Elementary School, students and teachers alike understand that learning in the classroom involves more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. As an Expressive Arts Magnet School, Parkview also integrates visual arts, dance, theatre, music, media, and more into their core curriculum. And for Extraordinary Educator, Meagan Smoot, she herself has learned what it means for education to benefit the whole child. …

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