Hertford teacher wins school supply shopping spree

Posted August 2, 2011

— A Hertford County teacher traveled to Raleigh Tuesday to splurge on school supplies paid for by RBC Bank's Tribute to Teachers program.

Michelle Newsome teaches fifth grade at Ahoskie Elementary School. She said she was surprised to be awarded the grand prize of a $2,000 shopping spree to fill her classroom with educational items for next school year.

"(I had) no thoughts it would be me," she said.

When she arrived at Stones Education Superstore, Newsome learned that the store was kicking in an additional $200 for her spree.

"Teachers, all teachers, spend so much money for their classrooms. Everyone says, 'Oh, teaching is such an easy job.' It's really not that easy and it's not that cheap," Newsome said. "Any amount of money is so helpful."

More than 2,000 teachers were nominated for the prize and 50 other winners were given $500 to spend on classroom materials.

"We believe there's no better way to give back than to support and recognize excellence in the classroom," said Archie Hill, director or corporate citizenship for RBC Bank.

Newsome said she made a 10-page wish list of what she wanted for her classroom. At the top of the list were novels and other classroom books that students can read in school or take home with them.

"After I get everything on my wish list, I'm just going to have fun," she said. "I'm just going to to go down and throw (stuff) in my cart."

Newsome used the opportunity to stock up on organizational items because organization is a teaching skill she would like to improve on, she said.

She added that she has wanted to be a teacher for as far back as she can remember.

"It's always been one of my passions," she said. "One of those lifelong things that I've always loved. I've always loved the children."

The Tribute to Teachers program is in its eighth year.


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  • acp252 Aug 4, 2011

    Congratulations Michelle! I'm proud to say I'm a product of Hertford County Public Schools.

  • whistler411 Aug 3, 2011

    My kids would never do any fun activities in class if I didn't pay for the supplies. Everyone talks about how the key to educating children these days is to keep them engaged and make it fun, yet they give us very little to do that with. Teacher's tend to be creative people who can come up with imaginative ways to present content, but our hands are tied by the lack of materials. I spend a great deal of my own money on classroom supplies. And at the end of the year I can take a whopping $250 deduction off my taxes. Isn't that grand??

  • teacher56 Aug 3, 2011

    If the system doesn't supply it, the parents will and if they don't, their kids share or do without.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 3, 2011

    Teachers have to stop spending their own money. If the system will not supply it, then you just don't have it.

  • kwsmith1222 Aug 3, 2011

    Just want to say that as a former resident of Hertford County, I am very pleased that Michelle was chosen to receive this award. She is a fine young lady and a wonderful Mother and teacher. Congratulations Michelle.