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On Tuesday Weldon City Schools Beginning Teacher Coordinator Krissy Pittman-Martin, hosted a districtwide virtual teacher of the year recognition.

Imani Cooper will serve as the district representative.  

The district will enter Cooper as a candidate of the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching 2020 Beginning Teacher of the Year. 

The NCCAT process is to honor beginning teachers and retain teachers who show promise as excellent teachers and education leaders in North Carolina public and charter Schools.  

The eligibility requirements for the Beginning Teacher of the Year for participants are as follows: Successful completion of the first year of teaching 

Continued employment in the same district or charter school for the second year 

Meet the minimum full year of teaching as determined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Lateral entry experience and Teach for America experience 

Must teach students directly for at least 70 percent of the time   

In the group shot, from left: Martin; Jensen; McDonald; Walton; Cooper; and Althea Taylor, assistant superintendent. In the stand alone photo: Cooper.

Beginning teachers celebrated on school and district level were Cooper, Weldon STEM High; Kelsi Jensen, Weldon Elementary Global Academy; Floydesha McDonald, Weldon Middle School; and Angelica Walton, Roanoke Valley Early College.

Dr. Jerry V. Congleton, Interim Superintendent, stated, "We are very proud to have each of the candidates as a part of the Weldon City Schools Team.  Congratulations to Ms. Cooper, who is an outstanding role model for students and a great teacher. I am excited to see what the future will hold as Ms. Cooper participates in the NCCAT competition.