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Indian Trail Elementary teacher is first ‘Hometown Hero’

Kristine Barberio, a fifth-grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary School, and her class cheer after she is chosen as the first UCPS Hometown Hero. (Below) Bob Dill of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates in Charlotte, at right, presents Barberio with her prizes. Also pictured, center, is Taylor Patterson from Dominos Pizza.

Kristine Barberio, a fifth-grade teacher at Indian Trail Elementary School, got quite a surprise Tuesday (Sept. 9, 2014) when she was greeted in her classroom and named the first UCPS Hometown Hero.

Barberio was recognized by the law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates in Charlotte.

The designation recognizes the commitment teachers make to their students by showcasing one teacher each month in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties.

“This celebrates the hard work and dedication of teachers throughout our area,” said a written statement from the law firm.

It was no surprise to Nathan Judy, one of Barberio’s fifth-grade students.

“I knew from the first day of school that Ms. Barberio was the right teacher for me,” he said. “She is strict, but we have fun and learn so much.”

As for Barbeiro, there is no place she would rather be than in her classroom. “I love teaching and I love coming to school every day,” she said.

The nominations for the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award are ongoing throughout the school year, and may be made for any teacher who is believed to deserve special recognition.

Winners are chosen based on the number of votes they get after being nominated on Charles G. Monnett III & Associates’ web site.

The winning teacher in each county receives a $250 Visa gift card for classroom supplies, a Domino's Pizza party for 30 individuals and a commemorative Hometown Hero crystal apple.

Students, families and faculty may nominate and vote for their special teacher by visiting the firm’s web site.

Written by: Communications Coordinator Deb Bledsoe and Chief Communications Officer Tahira Stalberte
Posted: Sep 09, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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