Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Rotary Club recognizes five local teachers

Five area educators were selected by a committee of colleagues for the Rotary Club’s “Rookie Teachers of the Year.” The top honor received $1,000 cash and a trophy, with runners up receiving $500 cash. (Courtesy the Wilmington Rotary Club)

WILMINGTON — Teachers in New Hanover County Schools have been honored by a local service-centered club.

Five area educators were selected by a committee of colleagues for the Wilmington Rotary Club’s “Rookie Teachers of the Year.” The top honor received $1,000 cash and a trophy, with runners up receiving $500 cash.

The nominees in 2024 included:

  • Devin Pierce, special-education teacher at The International School at Gregory
  • Melissa Lawrence, pre-school teacher at Johnson Pre-K Center
  • Maggie Sellers, fifth grade teachers at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design
  • Sarah Wood, special-education teacher at Codington Elementary
  • Breylin Young, eighth-grade teacher English at Trask Middle School

Pierce was the top honoree, as presented by New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Charles Foust, also a Rotary Club member.

In cooperation with Rotary’s awards program, the school district operates a “Beginning Teacher Support Program” to inspire and promote leadership among new educators. That includes more than 300 teachers with less than three years of full-time classroom experience. The goal is to encourage support in a challenging and demanding profession.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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