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GCS Honors Top Educators

Enterprise Staff Report

GUILFORD COUNTY — The Guilford County Schools honored its top educators, including recognitions of teachers at High Point schools, during an awards ceremony.

The school system held its annual Celebration of Excellence Thursday night at Grimsley High School in Greensboro.

Tammy White was named the GCS Teacher of the Year. She has served as an educator for 25 years and has taught at Kiser Middle School in Greensboro as band director for 18 years.

Ron Luciano, the principal at Jones Elementary in Greensboro, earned the Principal of the Year honor. Under Luciano’s stewardship, Jones Elementary has recorded growth on student performance. In 2018, for the first time since at least 2010, Jones Elementary exceeded expected growth.

Several teachers and principals were recognized during the program, including the Rookie Teacher of the Year and Mentor of the Year.

Loretta Rowland-Kitley, with the Middle College at GTCC Jamestown, was named Secondary Principal of the Year. Lindsey Nail, with Jesse Wharton Elementary, was recognized as Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Liliana Jordanov, with the Middle College at N.C. A&T State University, was named High School Teacher of the Year while Lauren Jackson, with the Herbin-Metz Education Center, was named GCS Mentor of the Year.

Kavaughn Brown, with Mendenhall Middle School, received the GCS Rookie Teacher of the Year honor.

Chris Scott from Monticello Brown Summit Elementary, Erik Naglee from Page High and Arlisa Armond from Southwest Middle School in High Point were Principal of the Year finalists.

Grace Keener-Jones from Eastern High, Coshenda Clark from Johnson Street Elementary in High Point and Ricardo Bernal from Swann Middle were Teacher of the Year finalists.

The GCS Celebration of Excellence was sponsored by Guilford Education Alliance, Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of High Point, Lenovo, Lincoln Financial Group and Strawbridge Studios.

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