Kimberly Strickland, a first-grade teacher at River Dell Elementary School, has been named to the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee, established by Governor Roy Cooper.
Composed of up to 25 teachers and support personnel appointed by the Governor, the Committee will advise on a variety of educational issues, including policies and the state budget. They will also serve as education ambassadors, representing the Governor at designated events, maintaining communication with local boards of education and stakeholders, and sharing opportunities for the Governor to support teachers.
“Teachers and school support staff will bring critical knowledge, skills, and experience to our ongoing conversations about improving North Carolina’s education system,” Gov. Cooper said. “The Teacher Advisory Committee will give insight into how we can show educators the respect they deserve and be instrumental in helping North Carolina become a Top Ten Most Educated State by 2025.”
Strickland returned to school to become certified as a teacher after seeing the passion her child’s teacher had for the profession.
Dr. Ross Renfrow, Superintendent of the Johnston County Public Schools, is proud that Strickland is representing Johnston County Public Schools. “We appreciate the passion that she in turn shares with her students in the classroom and her commitment to being an ambassador of this noble profession. She will not only bring her depth of knowledge but her energy to this mission of uplifting and supporting the profession,” he said.