Congratulations to Elizabeth Plotkin, who was named Wake County's 2010 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony this evening.
Plotkin is a kindergarten teacher at Fuller Elementary School in Raleigh, where she has worked for all four years of her teaching career. She's being praised for her devotion to children, her leadership in encouraging positive student behavior and with her school’s professional learning teams.
In addition to her teaching duties and volunteer work in the community, she works with Fuller staff and PTA to prepare meals and hosts sessions for the magnet school’s bi-monthly family nights.
“My goals as a teacher is to provide opportunities for children to make positive memories in the school environment, to build a foundation of finding joy in learning, and to claim each day as a chance to be the change in a child’s life,” Plotkin said in a press release.
Her prizes will include a laptop computer, classroom and office supplies and a check for $1,000. She will now compete in the state’s Teacher of the Year program.
The other 11 finalists are Carole Barber of Fuquay-Varina High; Douglas Steve Clark of West Lake Elementary; Margaret Feldman of Salem Middle; Paul Bissell Graves of Daniels Middle; Breanna Harrill of Athens Drive High; Jennifer Hunter of North Forest Pines Elementary; Christina Rudd of Cary High; James Ryan of Knightdale High; Davida Tatum of Harris Creek Elementary; Alice Verstrat of Garner High; and, Carol Wooten of Hunter Elementary.
Click here to vew the school district's press release.