Wake County names its Teacher of the Year
Elizabeth Plotkin, a kindergarten teacher at Fuller Magnet Elementary, was honored Thursday night as the Wake County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year.Posted — Updated
Plotkin has been teaching for four years, all at Fuller Magnet Elementary. During the year, she is the facilitator for the kindergarten professional learning team at the school.
Plotkin has also volunteered to work with youth through her church and speak to students in the Education Program at Meredith College.
In addition, Plotkin works with Fuller staff and the parent teacher association to prepare meals and host sessions for the school’s bi-monthly family nights.
Plotkin said teaching is more than a job.
“My goals as a teacher is to provide opportunities for children to make positive memories in the school environment, to build a foundation of finding joy in learning, and to claim each day as a chance to be the change in a child’s life,” said Plotkin.
Principal Chris Scott says Plotkin serves as the chair of the school’s Positive Behavior Support Committee and is on the Student Support Team.
“She has empowered teachers with realistic strategies to anticipate, pre-correct and respond to student behaviors,” said Scott.
As Teacher of the Year, she will receive:
- an engraved acrylic award
- a Netbook laptop computer and an all-in-one printer compliments of Office Depot and Hewlett Packard
- a travel cart filled with various classroom and office supplies compliments of Sonya Reid and Chuck Griffin of Office Depot as well as Mechel Murdaugh of Hewlett Packard
- a check for $ 1,000 compliments of corporate sponsors
- The Dan Royster Teacher award, $2,000 toward participation in the Center for International Understanding's Global Study Program, compliments of The Center for International Understanding.
The other finalists for this year’s award were:
- Carole Barber of Fuquay-Varina High
- Douglas Steve Clark of West Lake Elementary
- Margaret Feldman of Salem Middle
- Paul Bissell Graves of Daniels Magnet Middle
- Breanna Harrill of Athens Drive High
- Jennifer Hunter of North Forest Pines Elementary
- Christina Rudd of Cary High
- James Ryan of Knightdale High
- Davida Tatum of Harris Creek Elementary
- Alice Verstrat of Garner Magnet High
- Carol Wooten of Hunter Magnet Elementary
The 11 other finalists received a $250 cash prize, a travel cart of classroom and office supplies and an engraved acrylic award.
This is the seventh year that Wachovia Bank has sponsored the Wake County Teacher of the Year Award and banquet.