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Benton Heights teacher named October ‘Hometown Hero’

Jennifer West, a Benton Heights Elementary pre-kindergarten teacher, was recognized as the October winner for the Hometown Hero.

What started as a normal Tuesday morning for Jennifer West turned out to be one of the best days of her teaching career.

The Benton Heights Elementary pre-kindergarten teacher was recognized as the October winner for the Hometown Hero award during a surprise presentation on Oct. 14.

West was recognized by the law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates in Charlotte. Each month the firm honors teachers in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties.

“I do everything I can to be sure that my children develop a true love for learning and see school as a place they really want to be,” West said.

West has been teaching for nine years. She taught for five years at Marshville Elementary and has been working at Benton Heights for four years.

“There are a million things I love about teaching, but most of all is giving my students their very first classroom experience and making sure it is a wonderful one,” she said.

The nominations for the Hometown Hero Teacher Appreciation Award are ongoing throughout the school year. Winners are chosen based on the number of votes through an online voting contest held on the law firm’s website.

The winning teacher in each county receives a $250 Visa gift card for classroom supplies and a Domino’s pizza party for his/her class.

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

Written by: Tahira Stalberte, UCPS Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Oct 15, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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