Leanne Rose, a second-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School, was named the North Carolina Center for Advancement of Teaching Beginning Teacher of the Year in a special ceremony Thursday.

Rose was named the Mooresville Graded School District Beginning Teacher of the year in August.

The award was presented for the first time at the NCCAT Cullowhee campus with 28 finalists from across the state in attendance.

“I am proud of all our finalists and happy for Ms. Rose and her school district,” said NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble. “NCCAT is a longtime supporter of teaching experience and a natural expression of that support to recognize the best of the beginning teachers in our state. We’ve had a wonderful week of professional development and then an inspirational evening to celebrate our state’s teachers.”

Rose wrote in her application: “My philosophy of instruction is to teach every student as a unique individual with specific physical, educational and emotional needs. Successful instruction of the ‘whole child’ requires both life and executive functioning skills.”

Rose’s principal, Dr. Misha Rogers, said “Mrs. Rose is an exceptional teacher whose passion and excitement for the educational profession is an inspiration to her students and colleagues. She is dedicated to every child, every day as she purposefully focuses on the whole child. I could not be more proud of what she has accomplished in the beginning of her career.”

MGSD Superintendent Dr. Stephen Mauney added, “Leanne is an outstanding teacher. When we hired her in 2018, we knew she would do great things for our students. She hasn’t disappointed, and we are so proud of this accomplishment.”

The runner-up for the honor was Cristina Lane of Wake County Public Schools.

The NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year process was developed to honor beginning teachers who are the future of education in North Carolina.

The NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year prices include:

$5,000 cash prize

Participation in a GoGlobal NC trip to Australia in 2020

Instructional supply funds for the teacher’s school

Travel expenses for regional winners to participate in NCCAT professional development and leadership development.

$2,000 cash prize for the runner-up.

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