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Keziah named Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence

Sarah Keziah, a teacher in the Exceptional Children’s (EC) Department at Cuthberston High School, is all smiles as she holds her plaque naming her a UCPS EC Teacher of Excellence.

Sarah Keziah, a teacher in the Exceptional Children’s (EC) Department at Cuthberston High School, has been named a UCPS EC Teacher of Excellence.

Keziah was surprised with the announcement during a Sept. 12, 2012, staff meeting when Dr. Lori Cauthen, UCPS Director of Exceptional Children, and Janie Webb, the UCPS Assistant EC Director, presented the award.

Keziah had been nominated for the award by the school’s administration. “I have had the privilege of being the Special Needs Administrator and colleague with Ms. Keziah for six-plus years, covering two high schools,” said Cuthbertson High School Assistant Principal Randy Boob. “During those six years, Ms. Keziah has had the challenge of bringing an amazing variety of core curricula to our students.”

Boob said that Keziah had been asked to deliver all core math/algebra classes, all core science classes, take on the HQ issues of Moodle Online and be the “teacher of record,” take on the evolution of the school’s OCS core courses through the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, and took the point for us on Compass Learning.
“Ms. Keziah does not use the word ‘no,’ ” Boob said. “She has always responded to every situation that we have had to face together with, ‘I think we can… just give me a minute to work on it.’ ”

“Ms. Keziah is a passionate teacher who works hard to extend her teaching beyond the classroom walls, holding students accountable for their learning and the choices they make,” said Cuthbertson Principal Kim Warr. “Ms. Keziah is so deserving of this prestigious award.”

Keziah earned her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education (PE) from UNC-Greensboro and a Master’s degree in PE from Appalachian State. She obtained her Exceptional Children’s certification at Winthrop University and has spent 12 years in the UCPS EC department, working at the Wolfe School, Monroe High School and Parkwood High School. She is currently in her third year at Cuthbertson High School.

“I love it here!” Keziah said with a big smile.

Keziah said of her award, “I was shocked! It really caught me off guard – I really didn’t expect anything like that!”

Boob noted that when you visit Keziah’s classroom, you will see “a textbook example of how a truly blended online room operates,” he said. “The class is amazingly engaged between online, face-to-face and hands-on supportive activities; plus combining resource support to boot! There is excitement on our students’ faces and pride on their parents’ faces when these students achieve their first ever “level 3” scores in algebra and biology. Then to be able to repeat this time and time again, it just makes (Keziah) remarkable.”

Keziah wears her dedication on her sleeve. “Whenever I have asked, ‘Sarah, how do you keep going?’ she simply replies, ‘Because they deserve it, Randy, they really deserve it.’ That’s Ms. Sarah Keziah.”

Written by: Paula White, Cuthbertson High Media Coordinator
Posted: Sep 17, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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