Johnston County Schools Teacher Assistant of the Year Named

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 Tuesday night.  Harper said her recognition belonged to her school because her entire 20-plus year career has been spent 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.

(Left to right): Selma Elementary Assistant Principals Anthony Whitaker and Chamekka Williams, Teacher Assistant of the Year Carol Harper, and Dr. Ross Renfrow, Superintendent of Schools.

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 included:6

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