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Amanda Starnes is Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Amanda Starnes for being selected as Piedmont’s Teacher of the Year. Starnes teaches biology and is in her 5th year as a member of the Panther staff. According to colleague Annette Harris, “Amanda exemplifies every tenet of an exceptional educator; her passion is contagious in every aspect of her career as a teacher.”

Starnes began her career in education at Northwest Cabarrus High School, where she taught for two years before returning to her alma mater. She graduated in 2008 from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Biology and a minor in Secondary Education. At Piedmont, she teaches all levels of Biology from Honors to Basic. In addition to teaching, Starnes is co-advisor of Student Government, where she works closely with Harris and student government members to plan and prepare a variety of school events each year, most notably Homecoming.

When asked about the most rewarding parts of teaching, Starnes stated, “The most rewarding part of teaching is working with a variety of students who come to school each day with a different set of abilities and challenges.” She believes that teachers are called to help all students grow, but for each student, this may mean something different. She concedes that teachers must wear many different hats each day, and she is continually challenged to do something different, think differently, and be different to help her students grow.

Starnes decided to teach at a young age and has always loved the process of learning. According to Starnes, “The best part of being named Teacher of the Year at Piedmont is realizing that I am positively contributing back to a community that has so richly blessed my life and shaped who I am as a person and as a teacher.” Being Teacher of the Year is an honor to Starnes, and she is very appreciative of her peers for making her the kind of teacher that she is today. “They are a wonderful group to work with, and I love being a part of Piedmont’s staff.”

Starnes will now advance to compete in the Teacher of the Year competition among other teachers in Union County Public Schools. Congratulations Mrs. Starnes!

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Oct 23, 2014 by Donna Helms

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