GCS Celebrating the Best of the Best

For Immediate Release: Sept. 16, 2021

Contact: Janson Silvers (336) 370-8307

GCS Celebrating the Best of the Best
During Celebration of Excellence, GCS will name a number of winners
including the Principal and Teacher of the Year

Greensboro, N.C. – It’s time to celebrate! After everything educators have endured over the past two years, Celebration of Excellence returns to celebrate those educators making an impact on students in tremendous ways. Celebration of Excellence will happen at Grimsley High on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m.

The celebration will include a reception, spirit parade and program filled with music and awards. Music will be performed by teachers from the district. Board Vice-Chair Winston McGregor will open the program and Superintendent Sharon Contreras will deliver remarks. This event will be open to GCS employees and the media.

Winners will be named in six categories: Counselor of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

The finalists for the awards are:

Counselor of the Year:
Melinda Hooper – Oak Ridge Elementary
Lashana Richards – Guilford eLearning University Prep
Galissia Graves – Middle College at UNCG

Mentor of the Year:
Karyle Miller – Northeast High
Kristina Biddle – Bluford-Peeler Elementary
Ideana Glenn – Falkener Elementary
Carmyn Glynn – Sumner Elementary

Rookie Teacher of the Year:
Minh McNicholas – Northwest Middle
Briana Davis – Southwest Elementary
Betsey Altman – Welborn Middle
Neha Muraly – Dudley High

Assistant Principal of the Year:
Charnelle Shephard – Penn-Griffin School for the Arts
Chase Arrington – Western Middle
Candace Hudson – Page High
Whitney Sluder – Weaver Academy
Felicia Bowser – Mendenhall Middle

Principal of the Year:
Carla Flores-Ballesteros – Allen Jay Elementary
Trent Vernon – Jamestown Middle
KaTrinka Brown – Jackson Middle
Marcus Gause – Andrews High
Abe Hege – Fairview Elementary

Teacher of the Year:
Tom Anderson – Christine Joyner-Greene Education Center
Marcia Moyd-Williams – Gillespie Park Elementary
Shanice Foye – Northeast High
Leah Carper – Northern High
Tyrelle Lee – Southeast Middle
Melissa Mann – Western Middle

The winners of the respective categories will win a monetary prize. The Principal and Teacher of the Year will move on to a regional competition as well. The district will follow safety protocols including limiting seating and providing outdoor viewing of the program.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina and one of the 50th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves more than 70,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 9,800 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

Thank you,


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