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UCPS AIG educators recognized statewide

Both the NCAGT teacher and administrator of the year are from Union County. Pictured, from left, are Weddington Middle AIG teacher Terri Fleck (who won the NCAGT Teacher of the Year title); UCPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson; and Donna Brearley, UCPS director of AIG Programs, who won the NCAGT Administrator of the Year title.

Two Union County Public Schools educators of the academically and intellectually gifted made history recently when they took top honors at a state conference.
   
For the first time in the history of the North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented (NCAGT), both the teacher and administrator of the year were from the same county. 
   
Donna Brearley, director of UCPS Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program took the NCAGT Administrator of the Year, while Weddington Middle AIG teacher Terri Fleck, won the NCAGT Teacher of the Year title.
   
The announcements were made at the annual NCAGT Conference held Feb. 2, 2010, in Winston Salem.
   
Fleck, an eighth-grade AIG language arts teacher at Weddington Middle, was chosen by her peers as Union County’s AIG Teacher of the Year and then became a finalist for the state title.
   
Brearley was chosen as a finalist for the NCAGT Administrator of the Year after her name was submitted by AIG teachers in Union County. Both finalists were voted on by the NCAGT Board of Governors by sealed ballots.
   
Union County Public Schools also has the distinction of having five of its AIG teachers present at the conference. They were Jennifer Abuaita (Kensington Elementary), Deborah Connell (Porter Ridge Middle), Jennifer Ritchotte (Porter Ridge Middle), Cynthia Simpson (Antioch Elementary), and Danielle Sullivan (Cuthbertson Middle).
 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 23, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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