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Arts & Science Council recognized two UCPS teachers
Two UCPS educators have been named winners of the Arts & Science Council’s (ASC) Cato Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognizes teachers who have distinguished themselves in teaching art, science or history.
Glenn Baron, a fifth-grade teacher at Kensington Elementary, and Wayne Phaneuf, a teacher at Cuthbertson High School, were recognized for creatively integrating their subject matter into the core academic curriculum.
Baron, a former fulltime (and now part-time) veterinarian, sold his Matthews Animal Clinic in 2002 to pursue a career in education. He took the lead in 2006 to acquire rights to county land next to his school for outdoor classrooms.
Both men were recognized by the Union County Board of Education during its November regular meeting, held at Rock Rest Elementary School.
Phaneuf, a social studies teacher at Cuthbertson High School, said he learned to innovate and make full use of student creativity during an appointment to a mission school in Peru in South America. He serves as the chair of the Social Studies department at Cuthbertson.
This year’s award recognized six teachers in the state, two each in the categories of art, science and history. There were only two from UCPS.
“These teachers are committed to using their passion for art, science and history to engage their students and encourage them to be active, lifelong learners,” said ASC Interim President & Chief Innovation Officer Robert Bush. “ASC is proud to join with The Cato Corporation in recognizing the lasting impact they have in the lives of their students.”
Each recipient received $1,500 and a sculpture by local artist Greg Scott. The award is made possible through an endowment gift made to ASC from The Cato Corporation.
To be considered eligible for the annual award, individuals had to be a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher working for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln or Union counties in N.C., or Lancaster or York counties in S.C.
Written by: Bernie Petit Communications Specialist with the Arts & Science Council and Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe