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2018 Excellence in Education award winners announced

LENOIR, NC (June 1, 2018)…The 2018 Excellence in Education award winners were announced at the annual Excellence in Education Awards Program and Reception sponsored in part by the Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County.

This year’s winners are:

Teacher of the Year, Jon White, Hibriten High School

Principal of the Year, David Colwell, Hibriten High School

Assistant Principal of the Year, Ryan Cooper, William Lenoir Middle School

Rookie Teacher of the Year, Holly DeLeon, Granite Falls Elementary

Associate of the Year, Patty Clonch, Valmead Elementary

Instructional Assistant of the Year, Leanne Lawrence, Gamewell Elementary

Instructional/Student Support of the Year, Elisabeth Winkler, School Counselor, Gamewell Middle School

Bus Driver of the Year, Keith Phillips, Horizons Elementary.

“If I do well in this job it’s because of the people around me,” said Ryan Cooper, Assistant Principal at William Lenoir Middle School who was named Assistant Principal of the Year.

Teacher of the Year Jon White and David Colwell, Principal of the Year, will represent the Caldwell County Schools in the statewide programs that recognize outstanding educators and administrators in North Carolina.