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‘Hometown Hero’ named at Walter Bickett Education Center

Walter Bickett Education Center pre-K teacher Verna Douglass, center, poses for a photo with her students. (Below) Bob Dill from Charles G. Monett III and Associates award Walter Bickett Education Center pre-K teacher Verna Douglass a certificate and check for classroom supplies.

Verna Douglass shed many tears when she was named the March Hometown Hero for Union County Public Schools.

The pre-kindergarten teacher at Walter Bickett Education Center said she had been seeing others win, but never thought she would get the award.

Several pre-K teachers, Principal Ken Roess and nearly 20 students gathered for the surprise announcement on March 17. Bob Dill from Charles G. Monett III and Associates awarded Douglass with a certificate and check for classroom supplies.

“I am overwhelmed,” she said. “This is so nice.”

Douglass has been a teacher for 25 years. In addition to teaching pre-K and fourth-grade students, she has also worked with adults.

“I love teaching and my students because I am laying the foundation so that they can love learning for the rest of their lives,” Douglass said.

Each month, the law firm of Charles G. Monett III and Associates honors teachers in Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Iredell, Cabarrus and Union counties for their service in public education.

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.

Each winning teacher 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: Mar 20, 2015 by Tahira Stalberte

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