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Jan Lepley of Sandy Ridge is December Hometown Hero

Jan Lepley, a fourth-grade teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary, is pictured with her class after being named the Hometown Hero for December. Also pictured is her principal, James Eversole.

Jan Lepley, a fourth-grade teacher at Sandy Ridge Elementary, has been named the Hometown Hero for December.

Ms. Lepley was in the middle of teaching her class on Dec. 12, when she was surprised with a presentation from representatives from Charles G. Monnett III and Associates, Domino’s Pizza and school administrators.

Her students began to cheer and congratulate on winning the prize.

“This is very special and winning this award means a lot to me,” Lepley said. “I consider this a paycheck.”

Each month the law firm honors teachers in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties for their service in public education.

This is Ms. Lepley’s 16th year teaching and she has worked at Sandy Ridge for four years. She said she is passionate about teaching and she loves sharing her passion with others.

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.

“I’m speechless,” Lepley said. “It’s good to know that people believe in me and trust me with their children.”

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: Dec 16, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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