Outstanding First Year Teachers Honored

Johnston County Public Schools held its annual Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 27th at Sysco in Selma.  Twenty-eight first-year teachers throughout the district were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom.

Corinth Holders High School’s Daryl Jones (center) is presented a check for $500 by Alison Hudson with Horace Mann (left) after being named the Outstanding First Year Teacher for Johnston County Schools. Both are pictured with Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ross Renfrow (right).

Daryl Jones, a ninth grade environmental science and biology teacher from Corinth Holders High School, was named the JCPS Outstanding First Year Teacher. Jones received a plaque and a $500 check sponsored by Alison Hudson with Horace Mann Insurance Company.

Finalist from Riverwood Middle, Nicole Iorio (left) pictured with Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ross Renfrow (right).

“Mr. Jones has a great rapport with his students, always providing them the support needed to be successful,” said Chase Ferrell, Corinth Holders High School Principal.  “He steps up as a leader.  He is innovative, organized, and goal oriented, seeking to make a difference in the lives of students and other teachers.”

Accompanying Jones, as finalists, were Cooper Elementary’s Sara Wolfe and Riverwood Middle’s Nicole Iorio. Iorio and Wolfe each received plaques and $250 from the Johnston County Education Foundation.

Finalist from Cooper Elementary, Sara Wolfe (left) pictured with Johnston County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ross Renfrow (right).

There were 25 additional nominees recognized for the award:

Archer Lodge Middle- Joey Wilson

Benson Elementary – Brittany Adams

Benon Middle-Bridget Barnes

Career and Technical Leadership Academy- Tajuana Everett

Clayton Middle – Claire Weeks

Cleveland Elementary -Maureen Jackowski

Corinth-Holders Elementary – Kayla Baker

East Clayton Elementary- Valiree Sanderford

Four Oaks Elementary -Madison Simerson

Four Oaks Middle- Misty Barrett

Glendale-Kenly Elementary – Rebecca Tevered

Micro Elementary- Allison Johnson

North Johnston High- Mitchell Townley

Pine Level Elementary- Stephanie Guerra

Polenta Elementary – Elizabeth Vetter

Powhatan Elementary- Courtney Banks

River Dell Elementary – Maryam Duran

Riverwood Elementary- Stacey Sharron

Selma Elementary -Jennifer Cochran

Smithfield Middle – Meganne Hurt

South Johnston High -Nancy Ormond

South Smithfield Elementary- Cali Durning

West Clayton Elementary -Kristin Partin

West Johnston High- Russ Leaptrot

West View Elementary- Lisa Swann-Estep