Danielle Greene, a music teacher at Helena Elementary School, was named Person County Schools’ Teacher of the Year on Wednesday evening at the Teacher of the Year Banquet sponsored by Pierce Group Benefits in conjunction with the Person County Schools Board of Education.
Greene follows Elizabeth Sinnott, fourth grade teacher from South Elementary School, in receiving this prestigious honor. Danielle is a 2011 graduate from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. At Helena Elementary, Danielle serves on the School Improvement Team and also the Media/Technology Advisory Committee. In addition, she heads up the music department for the district and leads events such as the All-County Choir. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jon working on renovating their 1800s Victorian home in Milton, NC. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Lenny, who turned 3 in March. They enjoy cooking and playing outside together.
Dedicated to the teaching profession, her school, and her students, Danielle said, “It is such an incredible honor to be named Person County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. My heart is so full from the outpouring of love that I’ve received from my colleagues, administrators, parents, students, and community. I say this all the time, but I have to say it again. I have the best job in the world! I’m surrounded by so many amazing educators daily and to be given the honor to represent PCS as Teacher of the Year is a recognition that I will cherish forever. Thank you so much to everyone for all of the kind words and support. I knew that God brought me to Person County for a reason and I’m blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. The support shown for the fine arts in this community is phenomenal and I couldn’t be more proud to say that I’m part of the PCS Team. Congratulations to all of the TOY’s in Person County. We are all winners. Our wonderful students are the proof. "
Chrystal Clayton, Principal of Helena Elementary, states, “Mrs. Greene has a true passion for teaching music. Her love for her craft is evident in the dedication she has for her students. She truly believes that music can make a difference in the life of a child. Teaching students to appreciate music is one of her main goals. She sees each child’s potential to learn music and she strives to instill in her students a deep understanding and appreciation for the subject. Mrs. Greene has a clear vision for the music program at Helena. She not only wants to make music meaningful, she truly wants each to learn to love the art of music. The staff and students at Helena Elementary are honored to be able to teach and learn with Mrs. Greene.”
Danny Holloman, Superintendent of PCS shares, “It is a privilege to be able to celebrate all of our excellent teachers for their hard work and devotion to the classroom and to also be able to honor one individual as our Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Greene is passionate about music and is an advocate for her students. She possesses the compassion, patience, and knowledge to facilitate learning in her classroom which results in her students being able to make music meaningful in their lives. She believes that music allows her students to express themselves in ways that may not be possible in traditional classroom settings. Mrs. Greene exemplifies what every teacher should be for his or her students. On behalf of the PCS family, I extend her our thanks and congratulations.”
Mrs. Greene received a monetary token of appreciation sponsored by Pierce Group, a plaque, attendance to both a state and national conference, and will go on to compete with other Teachers of the Year at the regional level.
School-level winners were nominated by their peers and had to meet the criteria set forth in the state guidelines. Also nominated were Ornetta Bradsher at Earl Bradsher Preschool, Katharine Long at Stories Creek Elementary, Lisa Harris at North Elementary, Joanne Adams at Oak Lane Elementary, Julie Fogt at North End Elementary, Dale Honeycutt at Northern Middle School, Stacey Paith at South Elementary, Dwayne Johnson at Person High School, Beth Rhodes at Southern Middle School, and Angela Hungate at Woodland Elementary School.
In lieu of a runner up, each candidate was recognized for the impact he or she had on the Teacher of the Year Committee during the process of determining the district level winner. All nominees received a monetary token of appreciation and a framed certificate.
During the months of March and April, each nominee had an announced and an unannounced observation by members of the Teacher of the Year Committee. The committee consisted of Person County’s outgoing Teacher of the Year, the Curriculum and Instruction Team, the Human Resources Team, and an outside guest educator. A twenty minute interview session allowed the team to find out more about each teacher’s views and philosophy surrounding education.
Keana Triplett, 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year was the guest speaker. The banquet was held Wednesday, April 27th, at the Homestead Steak House.