Keana Triplett named ACS Teacher of the Year

By Alan Bulluck

May 19, 2014

Keana Triplett has been named Ashe County Schools (ACS) Teacher of the Year for 2014-15.

Triplett has taught English at Ashe County High School (ACHS) since August 2005.

A Wilkes County native, Triplett earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Appalachian State University in 2005 and also earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

Triplett currently resides in Deep Gap with her husband and two children.

According to Director of Human Resources Lesia Nave, each spring, all schools in the district choose a Teacher of the Year to represent the faculty and staff in the next school year.

“The ACS Teacher of the Year is chosen from among each school’s Teacher of the Year based on a portfolio entry and formal interview,” Nave said.

To be eligible for Teacher of the Year in North Carolina, a teacher must hold a Standard Professional 2 (SP2) license, be a full-time employee and spend at least 70 percent of his or her time in direct instruction of public school students.

On Tuesday, May 13, Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden and administrators from ACS Central Office and ACHS surprised Triplett with the announcement.

“Teaching is not simply a profession, it is a calling,” Triplett said. “I believe a teacher is called to be many things: a model for learning and behavior, a confidant, a goal setter, a leader and a mentor.”

In addition to Triplett, Gordon Prince (Ashe County Middle School), Summer Severt (Blue Ridge Elementary), Frances Eller (Mountain View Elementary) and Kristina Norris (Westwood Elementary) were all considered for ACS Teacher of the Year for 2014-15.

“ACS is fortunate to have effective, highly qualified teachers who deliver instruction with passion and prepare our children to be college and career ready,” Nave said.

Triplett is eligible to compete in the Northwest N.C. Teacher of the Year competition, which will be held in September.

Michelle Lemly, a second grade teacher at Westwood Elementary, was last year’s ACS Teacher of the Year.

Teacher Assistant of the Year

ACS also awarded Pam Potter, a teacher assistant at Mountain View Elementary, as ACS Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2014-15.

This is the second year the district has given out such an award.

“Teacher assistants play a vital role in the education of Ashe County students and we value their dedication and on-going service to our schools,” Nave said. “These paraprofessionals provide instructional support and clerical assistance for the classroom teacher daily.”

Potter is a first grade teacher assistant and has worked in ACS since 1995 as a teacher assistant, afterschool and substitute teacher.

“I love going to work every morning to see what the day holds and to make sure that I have done everything I can to make a child’s day a little brighter,” Potter said.

In addition to Potter, Dwayne Farmer (ACHS), Sherry Shepherd (Westwood Elementary) and Judy Stallings (Blue Ridge Elementary) were considered for ACS Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2014 — 15.

Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.