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Sardis has Teacher Assistant of the Year

A Sardis Elementary teacher assistant was chosen as the 2008 Teacher Assistant of the Year during a banquet held Thursday at South Piedmont Community College.
Beatrice Household, 42, a nine-year-veteran teacher assistant at Sardis Elementary, was chosen during the 16th annual Teacher Assistant of the Year banquet held by the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants (NCATA). She said being chosen was quite an honor.
“I don’t think there was a person in that room who wasn’t deserving,” she said. “We all like to know we are doing a good job, and it means even more that it was done by my peers. They do this every day. They walk in my shoes.”
After being chosen, Household thanked her peers and her husband for his role in affording her the opportunity to have this career. “Without him working as hard as he does to support our family, I couldn’t do this job, and I love my job,” she said. “I understand I have some big shoes to fill. I hope I can serve this role well and show the people outside of education that what we do is important, and that we do matter.”
“Mrs. Householder is deserving of this honor,” said Sardis principal, Margaret Flow. “She is dedicated to doing what is best for students' health, safety and education. As a part of her Sardis family, we are excited for her and wish her well at the next level of competition.”
Prior to working at Sardis, Householder was a parent liaison and a Title One reading recovery teacher assistant in Florida. Before entering education, she served for 10 years in the US Navy.
Householder and her husband of 20 years, Hank Householder, make their home in Monroe with their two children, Brittney, 19, a freshman at Appalachian State, and Nikki, 11, a fifth grader at Sardis.
Prior to this year’s winner being announced, last year’s winner of that title, Dawn McCourt, a teacher assistant at Hemby Bridge Elementary, spoke. She said she has learned a lot during her reign as the 2007 Teacher Assistant of the Year. “It has been an honor and a pleasure,” she said. “I’m proud that I was able to represent Union County.”
McCourt went on to win the 2007 regional Teacher Assistant of the Year title. “I feel I was able to show those in the Southeast Region what we’re made of here in Union County, how teacher assistants make such a grand difference and how much we’re needed. I feel that I’ve helped in that effort in a small way.”
McCourt said she has decided to go back to school to get her teaching certificate.
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis applauded the work that teacher assistants do in the school system. “The most important work done in this system is done by teachers, and you assist those teachers and make it possible for them to do the good work that they do on a daily basis, which helps our children learn and grow. You are so valuable to our system. We could not get the job done and provide the quality education that our students and citizens have grown accustomed to, if we didn’t have you to help us.”
During the evening, scholarships were presented to three students, all children of UCPS teacher assistants. Luke Chapman, a Sun Valley High School planning to attend NC State, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship; while William Siezega, a Sun Valley High School students planning to attend Lenoir-Rhyne College, received a $500 scholarship, as did Ashley Taylor, a Piedmont High School graduate attending East Carolina.
A complete list of school-level winners of the title 2008 Teacher Assistants of the Year are as follows: Antioch Elementary, Emiko Vanderlip; Benton Heights, Judy Martin; East Elementary, Martha Mackey; Fairview Elementary, Pam Wylie; Hemby Bridge Elementary, Anita Childers; Indian Trail Elementary, Arthelia Fleming; Kensington Elementary, Aleyan Raia; Marvin Elementary, Angela Brown; New Salem Elementary, Sandra Thomas; New Town Elementary, Danell Kearns; Porter Ridge Elementary, Susan Montgomery; Prospect Elementary, Daphne Hall; Rea View Elementary, Kim Christianson; Rock Rest Elementary, Loretta Robinson; Rocky River Elementary, Dawn Pressley; Sandy Ridge Elementary, Kimberly Ivey; Sardis Elementary, Beatrice Householder; Shiloh Elementary, Mary Helen Holloway; Union Elementary, Lisa Stutts; Unionville Elementary, Kay Gibson; Walter Bickett Education Center, Mercedes Tohala; Walter Bickett Elementary, Tonya Robinson; Waxhaw Elementary, Cindy Earley; Weddington Elementary, Joan Sabastian; Wesley Chapel Elementary, Susan Pharr; Western Union Elementary, Shelley Bernabe; Wingate Elementary, Paulette Blakeney.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 24, 2008 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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