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Weddington Elementary teacher assistant takes District 6 title
For the fourth year running, a Union County Public School teacher assistant has taken the regional teacher assistant of the year title. This year's winner is Leigh Berry, a teacher assistant at Weddington Elementary.
Berry was surprised with the news that she was the District 6 Teacher Assistant of the Year at an impromptu staff meeting at her school Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. "I was surprised when I was named TA of the Year for the county," she said. "The interview process for the district was very tough and I was up against a lot of great candidates. I knew that I had given it my best, but I was shocked to hear I had won. I didn't expect this."
Berry was chosen last May as the Union County 2010-2011 Teacher Assistant of the Year during the 18th annual Teacher Assistant of the Year banquet. "Leigh is a very child-centered teacher assistant," said Weddington Elementary principal Brenda Kasell. "She would do anything in the world for our students in Weddington. She is very deserving of this award."
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis congratulated Berry, saying he wasn't surprised to hear she had won. "When she was named Teacher Assistant of the Year for the county I was delighted and not a bit surprised," he commented to the Weddington Elementary staff at the time of the announcement. "You here at Weddington Elementary School are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber on your staff. We're very fortunate in Union County Public Schools to have someone like her. I know she'll do very well representing this school and our school district with pride and distinction."
In her comments to her staff, Berry said the recognition wasn't about her, but about the entire school. "You can have a whole field full of all-stars, but if the coaching staff doesn't work together your team isn't going to win. You can have a whole school full of amazing staff members, but if you don't work together as a team, the school doesn't succeed. We work together as a team every day with a common goal -- to get every child in this building to succeed and move forward to the next step."
Berry will now compete on Feb. 26, 2011, for the state title in Greensboro.
Berry's daughters, Jacqueline, 14, Megan, 12, and Lauren, 9, came to the elementary school to see their mom recognized.
This is the fourth year running that a teacher assistant in Union County Public Schools has taken the Region 6 Teacher Assistant of the Year title. The first was Dawn McCort, a teacher assistant at Hemby Bridge Elementary; then Bea Householder, a teacher assistant at Sardis Elementary, and last year's regional winner was Sally Norris, a teacher assistant at Marvin Elementary.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 18, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe