GOLDSBORO – Brogden Middle English & Language Arts teacher, Stephanie Gall, has been selected as the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday afternoon during a special virtual WCPS Assistant Principal, Principal & Teacher of the Year Celebration.
Ms. Gall has four years of education service and has served at Brogden Middle since 2017. Ms. Gall will now advance to the regional Teacher of the Year program. As part of her nomination submission, she shares this about her classroom,
“My lessons are as diverse and unique as my students,” states Ms. Gall. “Understanding their needs and interests are one of the most important ways to connect with each of them. It is my job as their teacher to find that connection to ensure they have the tools to succeed in school, and in life.”
Her principal, Dr. Damesha Smith, states that she is a strong advocate for teaching and learning.
“Ms. Gall supports teachers in finding methods to strengthen the instruction for students,” states Dr. Damesha Smith. Her students honor and respect her, which is evident by their relationship with her. They share with her their problems, dreams, and aspirations.”
As part of the virtual celebration, the WCPS Human Resources Department and the Wayne County Principals and Assistant Principals Association (WCPAPA) named Southern Wayne High assistant principal Michael Jones, the WCPS 2021-2022 Assistant Principal of the Year.
Brogden Middle principal, Dr. Damesha Smith, was named the WCPS 2021-2022 Principal of the Year, as part of the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year program. Dr. Smith will represent the district in the regional Principal of the Year program, and possibly the state competition next spring.
“We congratulate all of this year’s ‘Of the Year’ winners,” states Dr. David Lewis, WCPS Interim Superintendent. “We congratulate each of them for this outstanding accomplishment and thank them for their dedication and support to our students, our schools, and our district.”
This year, each WCPS “Of the Year” winner will receive a commemorative program, a special gift from the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, the plaque sponsored by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, a yard sign sponsored by the Brogden Grange and special recognition on a Wayne County Electronic Billboard sponsored by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.