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Veteran 2nd grade teacher named Durham Schools teacher of the year

Posted May 24

Kirtina Jones

— A second-grade teacher at R.N. Harris Elementary School has been named the Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Kirtina Jones has been a teacher for 13 years, and she said being at school has always been a "refuge" for her.

“I always admired how the same people were always there, and I could depend on them for stability and support. Being from a small, rural town, I thought that was the way schools were all around the world," Jones said in a statement.

“Ms. Jones has created a learning environment where children are not afraid to take risks and where they are eager to learn every day. She is truly a champion for every child she teaches,” R.N. Harris Principal Carolyn Pugh said.

Jones received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education and educational technology from North Carolina Central University.

She received a $1,000 award to go along with her Teacher of the Year honor.

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