On Sept. 22, Weldon City Schools Beginning Teacher Coordinator, Krissy Pittman-Martin, hosted a districtwide virtual Teacher of the Year recognition.

Imani Cooper was named Districtwide Beginning Teacher of the Year and will serve as the district representative. The district will enter Cooper as a candidate of the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching 2020 Beginning Teacher of the Year. NCCAT’s process is to honor beginning teachers and retain teachers who show promise as excellent teachers and education leaders in North Carolina Public and Charter Schools.

The eligibility requirements for the Beginning Teacher of the Year for participants are: successful completion of first year of teaching in NC Public School, continued employment in the same district or charter for second year, met minimum full year of teaching as determined by the NC Department of Public Instruction, lateral entry experience and Teach for America experience, and must teach students directly for at least 70% of the time.

Beginning teachers celebrated on school and district level were Cooper of Weldon STEM High, Kelsi Jensen of Weldon Elementary Global Academy, Floydesha McDonald of Weldon Middle School and Angelica Walton of Roanoke Valley Early College.

“We are very proud to have each of the candidates as a part of the Weldon City Schools team,” said Jerry V. Congleton, interim superintendent. “Congratulations to Ms. Cooper, who is an outstanding role model for students and a great teacher. I am excited to see what the future will hold as Ms. Cooper participates in the NCCAT competition.”