Superintendent Mark Garrett and members of the district staff visited Ms. Franklin’s and Mr. Gardin’s classrooms last Friday to make the announcements in front of their students and colleagues. Ms. Franklin’s young students erupted with joy at Garrett’s words, “Class, guess what, your teacher is the MCS Teacher of the Year!” All of the 13 school winners were honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on the previous evening at the Community Building, which was sponsored again this year by Wells Fargo Bank. Garrett shared with the crowd at the banquet, “I am glad I don’t have to vote because I think you are all deserving.”
The faculty at each school in the district selects a school winner each year as part of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Teacher of the Year process. Each school winner is then scored based on professional portfolio, classroom visit, and an interview with the district selection committee. The district honors an Elementary Teacher of the Year and a Secondary Teacher of the Year. The teacher with the highest point total is selected as the McDowell County Schools Teacher of the Year and represents the district at the Regional level.
Ms. Franklin began her teaching career in December of 2001 as a First Grade teacher at Glenwood, and has served in First Grade for most of her career. She had a First and Second Grade Combination class for the 2011-2012 school year, and is in her first year with the MAC class for Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. Ms. Franklin was also the Glenwood Teacher of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.75 or higher GPA) from Appalachian State University in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Spanish Education (K-12). She continues to be licensed in both content areas.
John Ballard is the current MCS Teacher of the Year and will turn over the reins to Ms. Franklin on 30 June. Franklin will begin on 1 July and will represent the District for the Regional process next fall. Garrett also stated, “I know that Carrie Franklin will be an excellent representative for MCS.”