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Fuquay English Teacher Named Wake's Teacher of the Year

Posted May 17, 2007 10:44 p.m. EDT
Updated May 17, 2007 10:46 p.m. EDT

— 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