Courtney Smith has been named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools
Courtney Smith, a seventh-grade English teacher at C. C. Griffin Middle School, was named the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for Cabarrus County Schools. Smith is in her second year of teaching at the school and has been employed with the school system for four years.
“I’m speechless,” Smith said, upon receiving the award. “I can’t thank you all enough. I love what I do. It’s been exciting to talk with other people who truly love what we do…It’s just been amazing. I thank you so much for letting me have this opportunity.”
Smith was one of the five finalists honored at a breakfast the school system hosted at Cabarrus Family Medicine.
The other finalists were Emily Causey from R. Brown McAllister Elementary School; Jennifer McCarthy from Jay M. Robinson High School; Justin Pierce from Central Cabarrus High School; and Heather Wilson from Cox Mill High School.
Thirty-three teachers were interviewed for the award, the school system said, and the finalists were announced in early April. They were each observed in their classrooms last month.
Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Barry Shepherd called the group the “hall of fame of educators” at Wednesday’s breakfast.
“It’s just very nice to have this positive recognition,” Smith said. “It’s good for everybody. It’s not just about me. It’s about my school. We’re doing good things there. It’s a chance to tell people about it.”