Fayetteville, N.C. — Angela Parker, a language arts/reading teacher at Seventy-First Classical Middle School was named 2012-13 Teacher of the Year for Cumberland County Tuesday night.
Parker, a graduate of Fayetteville State University, has been teaching for eight years. She is pursuing a master's degree in reading from FSU with an expected graduation date of 2014.
Before becoming a teacher, Parker worked in the restaurant industry, a job she says helped prepare her for the classroom in an nontraditional way.
"My experience as a restaurant manager helped me tremendously in handling classroom management, parent conferences and professional development … It [managing] was a great entrance to my career in teaching," she said.
Parker shares her previous work experience with her students to help them grasp the importance of reading, writing and communication skills in the real world. "Students are more willing to learn the material when they can apply it to their own future needs and ambitions. They understand that I am truly looking out for their future and not just high test scores," she said.
As the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, Parker received:
- $300 from the Cumberland County Schools;
- $250 from the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County (CISCC);
- A one-year car lease of a 2012 Chevy Cruze from Reed-Lallier Chevrolet;
- A commemorative custom-designed CCS’ Teacher of the Year ring from Jostens;
- A ladies’ watch from Herff Jones; and
- A plaque and flowers from the Board of Education.