The Alamance Chamber hosted its 23rd Teacher of the Year recognition last night at the Alamance Country Club.
Medora Burke-Scoll, a science teacher at Eastern Alamance High School, was announced as the 2022 Alamance-Burlington School System Teacher of the Year and will advance to the regional competition for the North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
“If you don’t have that passion,” Burke-Scoll said while accepting her award, “you can’t understand how much fun our job is.”
Burke-Scoll, an active member of the Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators, is grateful for her “family” and students that believe in her as much as she believes in them.
“For me, that’s a big part of what I do,” Burke-Scoll said, “is being able to be a part of that advocacy community to make our public schools that much better.”
The Excellence in Education Awards is an annual program recognizing the Teachers of the Year from the 37 schools in the Alamance-Burlington School System and Alamance Community College, as well as an Independent School Category, according to a media release from The Alamance Chamber.
Scoll won $10,000 for her classroom, business cards, a professional wardrobe, and a gift basket.
The Alamance Chamber received over $50,000 in donations from donors including the Alamance Community Foundation, Alamance Arts, Impact Alamance, Hursey’s BBQ, and Elon Athletics.
The awards include $10,000 for professional development of their choice, $2,000 going toward the winner, and $1,000 for each finalist, in addition to gift bags sponsored by Chic-Fil-A.
Scoll was also given a trip to Chile in 2023 that was sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation.
Forty educators in Alamance County were selected by their schools to participate in the program.
A selection committee made up of Edna Parker, chair of Labcorp, Willy Fisher of Fisher Wealth Management, Bob Frigo of Elon University, Sara Beth Hardy if Elon University, and 2011 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Tyronna Hooker, review nominees, interviews selected semi-finalists, and chose 8 finalists for recognition.
“It gives me hope for our public education system,” Hooker said, “it lets me know there are people working tirelessly to make sure our children achieve their goals, They are all winners.”
Alamance-Burlington School Systems have had two teachers honored as North Carolina Teacher of the Year in past years including Bryan “Freebird” McKinney in 2018.
The 8 finalists were:
- Kristi Allred, Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School
- James Athas, Walter M. Williams High School
- Samra Bailey, Western Alamance High School
- Medora Burke-Scoll, Eastern Alamance High School
- Heather Danishanko, The Burlington School
- Robert Davis, Alamance Community College
- Hannah Morris, Eastlawn Elementary School
- Sadie Lynn Phelan, Hawfields Middle School
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