• Chambers honor outstanding teachers at Flame For Learning Award Banquet

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    May 01, 2013

    Because of the importance of teachers in developing and educating children, the Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County (Benson, Clayton, Cleveland, Four Oaks, Kenly, Princeton and Smithfield-Selma) adopted the Flame For Learning Award.  In so doing, it has been the goal of the local chambers to support and elevate the teaching profession in the public schools. This award recognizes outstanding creativity and innovation in the classroom and nominees are selected strictly on merit, without regard to school or residence. The recipient of the award is named the Johnston County Teacher of the Year and will represent the Johnston County Public School System in the North Carolina Teacher of the Year competition.  400+ teachers were nominated and were asked to submit a “best practice” that he or she used in the classroom.  A selection committee named 20 semifinalists after reviewing the best practices.  The 20 semifinalists participated in an interview process to determine the recipient and the finalists.

    The recipient and finalists for the Flame for Learning Award were named at a celebratory banquet on April 30, 2013 at the Johnston County Agricultural center.  Former Johnston County School Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby was the featured speaker.

    The 2013 Flame for Learning Award Recipient is Joshua Beck of Clayton High School.  His best practice is entitled “Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk”.

    Finalists are: 
    Kelly Davis of Benson Elementary School – Best Practice:  “The Book Patch”
    Courtneay Overbee of Corinth Holders High School – Best Practice:  “Square Cake Cutting Proof Activity”
    Jennifer Roberts of Four Oaks Elementary School – Best Practice:   “Look Who’s Talking Now:  A Paradigm Shift”

    The 20 semifinalists are:

    Patsy Elrod, Wilson's Mills Elementary
    Shannon Pawlak, Riverwood Elementary
    Karen Collins, West Johnston High
    Kelly Davis, Benson Elementary
    Joseph Smith, Smithfield -Selma High
    Christa Joy, East Clayton Elementary
    Lauren Sabo, Clayton Middle
    Donna Hawkins, Smithfield Middle
    Kali Shuford, Meadow Elementary
    Michelle Disney, Glendale Kenly Elementary
    Sarah Lilley, West Clayton Elementary
    Courtneay Overbee, Corinth Holders High
    Brittany Taylor,  Johnston County Middle College High
    Bethany Jones, Smithfield -Selma High
    Laura Jefferson, McGee's Crossroads Elementary
    Rebecca Kimble, Archer Lodge Middle
    Tamara Adams, West Smithfield Elementary
    Jennifer Roberts, Four Oaks Elementary
    Courtney Renfrow, West Smithfield Elementary
    Joshua Beck, Clayton High

    The Flame for Learning Award Recipient receives a cash award of $1000 and the Johnston County Education Foundation will also contribute $500 to the award recipient. The three finalists receive $300 each and the 16 semifinalists receive $100 each. The schools of the three finalists and the recipient will receive $250 each as well.

    Sponsors for the 2013 Flame For Learning Award

    Johnston County Ed. Foundation with Sysco Food Services
    Johnston County Schools

    First Citizens Bank
    Interstate Outdoor, Inc.
    Johnston Health
    Progress Energy
    Walmart of Smithfield
    Zaxby’s of Clayton & Smithfield

    Atlantic Coast Protein Corp.
    Clayton Chamber of Commerce
    Clayton Mid-Day Rotary Club
    Clayton Woman’s Club
    Corestaff Services
    Four Oaks Bank & Trust
    Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce
    KS Bank, Inc.
    Mast Law Firm
    Memory Lane Frame Shop
    McDonald’s - F & D Huebner, LLC
    Narron, O’Hale & Whittington, PA
    Novo Nordisk
    E. D. Parker Corporation
    Princeton Chamber of Commerce
    Sleep Inn & Suites of Smithfield
    The Vine & Branch Florist
    Triangle Insurance Group
    Waste Industries
    Watson, Cooke & Jones, CPA
    Wood Termite & Pest Control
    Woody’s Computing Service

    Armstrong & Armstrong, P.A.
    Benson Area Chamber of Commerce
    Benson Kiwanis Club
    Benson Lions Club
    Big Boys Truck Stop
    Carroll Pharmacy
    Chick-fil-A of Smithfield
    Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling, PA
    Deacon Jones Auto Park
    Eason, Scovil, Stephenson & Associates, PA
    Golden Corral of Smithfield
    Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce
    Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce
    Hog Slat Inc.
    Johnston County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
    Johnston County Farm Bureau Insurance - Keith Brinson
    Johnston County Schools/Education Foundation – Donna White
    Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce
    McDonald’s—F & D Huebner
    Mitchell Temporary Services
    Senator David Rouzer
    Mark & Regina Ryan
    Dr. Peggy Smith
    Stephenson General Contractors
    W. Landis Bullock Industrial Contractor Supply
    Wilkins, Wellons, & Coats, Attorneys
    Willowrun Veterinary Hospital

    Rick Childrey, President
    (919) 934-9166

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