Vance County Schools recognized outstanding educators and administrators Thursday at its annual Excellence in Education event. The district’s principal and teacher of the year were announced, as were beginning teacher of the year and assistant principal of the year, according to information from Aarika Sandlin, VCS director of communication and marketing
Dr. Tim Hall, a high school social studies and history teacher at Vance Virtual Village Academy, was named the district’s Teacher of the Year.
The Beginning Teacher of the Year is Elizabeth Moore. Moore teaches 9th grade World History at Vance County High School. She is in her second year of teaching.
Principal of the Year honors go to Dr. Jacqueline Batchelor-Crosson, principal at Pinkston Street Elementary. Assistant Principal of the Year is Dr. Regina Miles of Zeb Vance Elementary.
Congratulations to these educators for their dedication to school children and to education.
Hall is in his second year with Vance County Schools, but he has been in education for 25 years. In addition to social studies and history, Hall teaches AP classes in US history, psychology and sociology. Hall has a degree in history from Elon College, a masters degree in history from East Carolina University and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies in humanities and society from Union Institute and University.
In a written statement, Hall said he appreciates the support from the school family and said VCS “is innovative in its efforts to meet the needs of all students in the county with V3A being an excellent example of educational transformation in practice.”
He subscribes to Nelson Mandela’s belief that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. “I believe him,” Hall said. “I want to help create a better world without oppression, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. I want everyone to reach their highest potential as human beings. And I want to be part of the work that makes those beliefs a reality.”
Moore, also in her second year with VCS, said she is honored to receive the beginning teacher award. The Pennsylvania native has a degree in history from California University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree in teaching, learning and curriculum from Drexel University.
“It makes me feel good that so many people value what I say, and it motivates me to keep teaching every week,” Moore stated.
Batchelor-Crosson has been an educator in VCS for 20 years, and has experience teaching kindergarten, 3rd grade, as well as administrative positions within VCS. She is a graduate of Fayetteville State University, earning her undergraduate degree in sociology. She continued her education at the University of Phoenix, earning a masters in school administration and a doctorate of education.
“To be nominated and recognized by your peers is such an honor,” she said. “The extreme joy comes with knowing that the work that you do every day has an impact on someone else that feels that you are deserving of such recognition.”
Miles is a Henderson native who began her career in education as a teacher assistant and bus driver at Dabney Elementary and continued as a 4th grade ELA teacher at Carver Elementary before moving on to assistant principal roles at Clarke Elementary and now Zeb Vance. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in elementary education, and holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University and a masters degree in school administration from N.C. State University.
“I love being an educator in VCS because we are given the autonomy to do whatever it takes to motivate our staff, learn and apply new strategies to be successful, and to do all of this with grace and understanding. Students are my biggest ‘why,’ allowing me to be able to shape the lives of our youth through academics. It is truly an honor to see teachers become leaders based on my support – it is simply amazing.”