Heritage High educator named Wake teacher of the year
Posted May 8, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Allison Reid, an English teacher at Heritage High School, was named Wake County Teacher of the Year during a banquet at the Raleigh Convention Center Thursday evening.
“I congratulate Allison Reid for being a teacher leader,” Wake schools Superintendent James Merrill said. “She introduces students to To Kill A Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, builds relationships that encourage her students to reward her with their learning and accepts challenges like teaching in her school’s new Game Art and Design Academy. We are happy to celebrate her success as a leader in our community.”
Reid, who has taught for eight years, has been an instructor for the Wake County Summer Institute for Teachers, helping educators learn how to integrate technology in their classrooms.
“Technology requires students to learn constructively and collaborate in ways that traditional methods of instruction do not,” she said on the district's website. “Leveraging technology promises answers to student engagement concerns, as well as concerns about preparing students for jobs that don’t even exist yet in the modern workforce.”
Heritage Assistant Principal Jody Hinds praised Reid as a “consummate professional.”
“Her students consistently use technology to capitalize on their different learning styles and demonstrate their understanding of concepts,” she said. “Ms. Reid recently created a lesson using an augmented app which required students to show connection between pop culture and the transcendentalist era of American literature.”
Teacher of the year candidates are nominated and elected by their peers. Candidates develop portfolios describing their careers and teaching philosophy. Selection committees review the portfolios and narrow the field to 26 semi-finalists, who are then observed in their classrooms. Each committee chooses one teacher to be among the 13 finalists, who are then interviewed by the teacher of the year interview committee. The committee then chooses the teacher of the year by secret ballot.
Reid will now represent the district in the state teacher of the year competition. As Wake teacher of the year, Reid receives:
• An engraved acrylic award
• An Autobell Car Wash gift certificate
• A $50 gift certificate to The Angus Barn
• An overnight package for two at The Umstead Hotel and Spa
• A travel cart filled with various classroom and office supplies
• An Epson multifunction all-in-one printer
• A check for $1,000
• A $2,500 award toward participation in the Center for International Understanding's global study program