Wake County Schools

Heritage Middle School teacher named Wake Teacher of the Year

Posted February 11, 2021 4:02 p.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2021 7:53 p.m. EST

— The Wake County Public School System announced on Thursday that Heritage Middle School teacher Jennifer Pride was the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year.

Pride has taught eighth-grade English Language Arts at Heritage for four years.

"I would not be here today if it were not for each one of my students, both past and present," said Pride after being named Teacher of the Year. "They taught me how to teach them, especially in those first few years."

Heritage administrators described Pride as someone who "loves what she does and breathes life into the curriculum by making connections to students' lives and keeping a positive energy to motivate them daily."

"Her desire to empower students led her to create Find Your Voice in 2019. This is a book club where students can read, learn and reflect from themselves and others as a way to create an equitable school environmental for all," said Jo Ellen Newhouse, Heritage principal.

"It has been a privilege to learn from my students, who represent a wide variety of diverse backgrounds," said Pride.

Teacher of the Week

Pride was chosen out of 10 finalists. Candidates are nominated and selected by their coworkers at individual schools. Candidates then submit an eportfolio and video showing their work and teaching philosophy. The 10 finalists also interview with a committee for the Teacher of the Year.

As Teacher of the Year, Pride will participate in the Global Teachers Victoria Falls Region Program, a year-long study that includes studying in South Africa in the summer or when it is safe to travel again.

Pride will also receive a $1,000 award and other gifts including a flat screen TV and gift cards.

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