SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Schools teacher assistant Chellie Cherry from West Smithfield Elementary was named the 2022 Teacher Assistant of the Year at their organization’s annual banquet.
Teacher Assistants work alongside teachers to give students additional attention and instruction. Darrick McNeill is the Principal of West Smithfield Elementary.
Cherry’s coworkers said that she is beyond deserving of the Teacher Assistant of the Year award, and is an integral part of the West Smithfield Elementary team.
The first runner up for the award was Joe Gilmore from Cleveland High.
The announcements were made at the annual Johnston County Teacher Assistant banquet hosted on April 21 by the Johnston County Association of Teacher Assistants (JCATA); Melanie Autry serves as the association’s President.
The banquet also included recognition 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:
Robin Jernigan, South Johnston High
Joe Gilmore, Cleveland High
Ashley Parker, Benson Elementary
Ashley Perry, Princeton Elementary
Melissa Williams, Cleveland Elementary
Chellie Cherry, West Smithfield Elementary
Stephanie Daugherty, West View Elementary
Norma Langdon, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary
Michelle Ranson, Wilson’s Mills Elementary