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Fuquay English Teacher Named Wake's Teacher of the Year

Posted May 17, 2007

— The Wake County schools Thursday night honored an English teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School as the system's teacher of the year.

Paige Elliott received her award during a banquet in Cary.

Superintendent Del Burns praised Elliott for returning to teach at the school from which she graduated and for earning the school system's highest honor.

Elliott has been teaching for 9½ years, all of them at Fuquay-Varina High. She teaches Honors English IV, Paideia 9 and a class on Shakespeare. She is a member of the Wake County Public School System's Institute for Teacher Leaders.

She earned certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2004.

Elliott supervises and mentors student teaching experiences and supervises her school’s program for supporting novice teachers. She is a professional learning communities book-study facilitator and works with the school’s business alliance.

“I love teaching. It is a natural part of who I am,” said Elliott. “Volunteering is another way to secretly educate others about the most important lessons of all – relationships, human compassion and character,”  Elliott said in a prepared statement.

Fuquay-Varina Principal Edward McFarland said Elliott presents lessons that are both fun and educational.

”From day to day, I never know what I may see happening in her classroom,” said McFarland.

The Wake teacher of the year gets:

  • One-year use of a 2007 Saturn automobile
  • A laptop computer and printer
  • A tote bag of office supplies
  • A travel cart filled with office supplies
  • A check for $1,000
  • $2,000 toward participation in the Center for International Understanding's global study program

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  • mvnull May 19, 2007

    Congrats, Ms. Elliott. It is good to hear when good news come out of WCPSS.

  • superman May 19, 2007

    I am retired and dont have children. I never worked for Wake County either-- but I am very proud of our teachers and the school system. We have one of the top school systems in the nation. Parents should concentrate more on the quality of the schools rather than cry about whether their children are in traditional or year-round. The schools and staff are excellent and teachers work every day to make the lives of your children better. A big thank you for all of them.

  • Mrs.Elliott May 19, 2007

    DDunn: I remember you so well. Best wishes at UNC. Come see me some time!

    Tommy: of course I remember you! Thank you so much for your congratulatory note!

    thatgirlyearher: You know that FVHS has always been one of the best kept secrets in the county - but now is OUR moment to shine. You're absolutely right -- those teachers did rub off on me, along with new ones, students, parents, and countless others. So many individuals contributed to this wonderful honor, so it is ALL of ours to SHARE!

    All other posts and readers: Thank you so very much for supporting the OUTSTANDING teachers in Wake County Public School System. It is my sincerest intention to represent the AMAZING EDUCATORS in our area to the absolute best of my ability.

  • thatgirlyeahher May 18, 2007

    I went to FVHS at the same time Ms. Elliot did. I'm glad to see that she returned and is apparently doing so well. We had pretty good role models back then in the English department. Apparently it rubbed off!
    Best wishes and regards

  • TDonnelly May 18, 2007

    hey paige, you deserve this award and am proud of you. i have known you since you were little. keep up the good work. love to your family.

  • Tarheeljunior May 18, 2007

    You know, there are several teachers at FVHS that I can think of that deserve this award, but Ms. Elliott was the perfect place to start. She is a strong woman, and she stays busy with everything that she does for the school and community. When I was at FVHS, she was also the Beta Club advisor and her Paideia class (due to the nature and availibility of the course) had on average, 40 students or so. She co-taught with another teacher, but that was still a lot of students to try to control at one time. While flattering, this article doesn't do justice to the contribution this woman makes day in and day out.

  • Tax Man May 18, 2007

    Congratulations on a Job Well Done! Enjoy the Saturn.

  • Go_APPS May 18, 2007

    Congrats to Ms. Elliot and all the Teachers of the Year!
    We should do more to bring attention to the great teachers in the area.

    WRAL- Why not do a story on the Teachers of the Year for all the counties in your viewing area???

  • Dayum Krazy May 18, 2007

    Congrats to Ms Elliott...hard work does pay off and she is proof. Wake County should show more appreciation though in the form of gifts though..how about giving her a new car instead of letting her drive one for only a year only to take it back... and more cash, she only invested her whole life to teach and who knows how much she paid in tuition for her education. She certainly deserves the award but the prises should be more rewarding. It is good news that she won and after reading of her accomplishments she is a excellent choice.

  • Conservative May 18, 2007

    Congratulations, Ms. Elliott. Keep up the good work and I wish you many more such honors!