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JCPS names Teacher Assistant of the Year

Teacher Assistant Carol Harper from Selma Elementary School was named this year’s Teacher Assistant of the Year at the Association’s annual banquet held on April 17.

Harper said her recognition belonged to her school because her more than 20-year career has been spent entirely at Selma Elementary, which she told the crowd she loved.

Teacher Assistants work under a teacher's supervision to give students additional attention and instruction. Suzanne Mitchell is Principal of Selma Elementary School.

The announcement was made at the annual Johnston County Teacher Assistant banquet hosted on April 17 by the Johnston County Teacher Assistants Association; Lisa Soard serves as this year's President.

Themed, “Why Fit In When You Were Born to Stand Out,” the banquet also included recognitions of the Teacher Assistant of the Year nominees, schools with 100 percent membership in the TA organization, and those who are retiring this year.

Nominees for Teacher Assistant of the Year included:

  • Shari Hem, West Clayton elementary
  • Kim Robitaille, Cooper Elementary
  • Ashley Hammon, Pine Level Elementary
  • Barbara Ivey, West View Elementary
  • Adrianna Manuel, Princeton Elementary
  • Corinna Steven, Polenta Elementary
  • Amy McDuffy, Riverwood Elementary
  • Michelle D. Frye, River Dell Elementary
  • Amy Adams, Benson Elementary
  • LaToya Bethea, Glendale-Kenly Elementary
  • Adriana M. Pena, Selma Middle
  • Sylvia Wallace, South Johnston High
  • Teresa Fiske, Four Oaks Elementary
  • Amber Stephenson, Powhatan Elementary
  • Decarius Bryant, Smithfield-Selma High
  • Terry Witz, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary

JCPS TA of the Year is Carol Harper, Selma Elementary
PHOTO: Teacher Assistant Carol Harper from Selma Elementary School was named this year’s Teacher Assistant of the Year at the Association’s annual banquet held on April 17. Photographed (from left) are Selma Elementary Assistant Principals Anthony Whitaker and Chamekka Williams, Carol Harper, and Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow.