First-grade teacher wins Cumberland County honor

Posted September 13, 2011

Dewana S. Holt, a first-grade teacher at Eastover-Central Elementary School, was named Cumberland County's Teacher of the Year Monday night.

Holt graduated from East Carolina University and has 23 years in the classroom. She said she wanted to be a teacher from the time she was in first grade.

 “As a student, I looked forward to going to school everyday. (I) loved the structure, routine, lessons and especially, the teachers,” she said.  

As the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year, Holt received:

  • $300 from the Cumberland County Schools;
  • $250 and several gift certificates from the Cumberland County Education Foundation (CCEF);
  • A one-year car lease from Reed-Lallier Chevrolet;
  • A commemorative custom-designed CCS’ Teacher of the Year ring from Jostens; and
  • A plaque and flowers from the Board of Education.

Other winners announced Monday evening were first runner-up Gladys A. Tate from Lewis Chapel Middle School who received $200, flowers and an award, and second runner-up Jessica Edmiston from Massey Hill Classical Middle School, who was presented with $100, flowers and an award.  

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  • cal008 Sep 14, 2011

    My wife worked with Ms Holt and they chose the right person for this honor. Way to go Dewana!