Smithfield Native Wins Pitt County School District Award

Elizabeth Upton, a physical education teacher at J.H. Rose High School in Pitt County, has been named the 2015-16 recipient of the Amy Caroll-Sherry Little Award. The announcement was made during the January Pitt County Board of Education meeting.

Upton-1-22-2016Upton has been with Pitt County Schools since 1987. She was surprised by the announcement as she was led to believe that she would be attending the meeting to support a friend as he received an award. In introducing Upton as this year’s winner, Rose Principal Monica Jacobson noted her commitment to her profession and her unwavering love and support for her current and former students.

The Amy Carroll-Sherry Little Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual who has gone the extra mile in supporting physical education in Pitt County. The award is dedicated to the memory of Amy Carroll and Sherry Little, who exemplified outstanding professionalism in their superior teaching and support of physical education in Pitt County. Individuals nominated for the award are evaluated against those attributes along with enthusiasm, dedication, and love of children.

In October, Upton was inducted into the J.H. Rose High School Hall of Fame.

Upton is the daughter of Joyce and Steve Upton of Smithfield. She  graduated in 1981 from Smithfield Selma High School, in 1985 from UNC Wilmington, and in 1987 from East Carolina University with a Masters Degree in Physical Education and a second Masters in Administration.  Courtesy Pitt County Schools.