WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Schools Foundation recently presented the 2017 “Williams Excellence in Teaching Awards” to three Wilmington teachers during its staff recognition breakfast.
Established in 1995 by Wilmington High School’s Class of 1945, the Williams Award honors the memory of devoted teachers Woodrow and Esther Williams, who dedicated their professional lives to excellence in education.
Each year the award is given to teachers who reflect the enthusiasm, dedication, preparation, and inspiration the Williams exhibited.
Wilmington High School Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart recognized Steven Reed, who has served 17 years as WHS’ library media specialist. According to McCarty-Stewart, Reed was instrumental in implementing the 1:1 Technology program that has become an essential aspect student learning.
Jeff Sherby, principal of Wilmington Middle School, recognized 13-year veteran science teacher Mitch Hopf. According to Sherby, Hopf maintains a positive rapport with students and employs outstanding classroom management. He is also diligent about meeting deadlines.
Holmes Elementary principal Carrie Ziegler recognized MH (Multiply Handicapped) teacher Erin Henry for taking time to get to know her students, their individual needs, and plans for specialized instruction. Ziegler also praised Henry for fostering a calm, caring, and positive learning environment.
Each recipient received a “Williams Excellence in Teaching Award” certificate and $100 for use in his or her classroom.
Carrying on the tradition and commitment to excellence in education, Reed, Hopf, and Henry serve as an inspiration not only to their students but to their colleagues as well.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.