Jenny Thompson named CTE Teacher of the Year for Dare County Schools

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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Dare County Schools has announced Jenny Thompson as the distinguished recipient of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher of the Year award for the district.

According to a DCS news release, Thompson’s “outstanding dedication and contributions to the CTE department, particularly as an Early Childhood Development teacher at Manteo High School, have earned her this prestigious recognition.”

During the nomination process, Thompson’s colleagues commended her, stating, “She has built her Early Childhood Education program from the ground up. Her program is popular and serves a true need in our community. She has worked diligently with all students and consistently makes growth and proficiency.”

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Commenting on her impact on the community, Thompson’s colleagues said: “Her passion about her subject has also led her to start a Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club which is also growing every year! They are very active in the community holding diaper collections, volunteering for KidFest, and sponsoring many events in school. Her influence is evident with the many students who graduate and work at the various summer and youth camps and eventually pursue careers in the local daycare centers as teachers and even directors. The fruit of her labor is now being seen throughout our community and she has made a great impact on many.”

Commenting on her connection with her students, colleagues added: “Through internships and job placements, she has played a pivotal role in helping them pursue their dreams in childcare.”

Thompson will now represent Dare County Schools at the state level, contending for the North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education (NCACTE) Teacher of the Year Award.

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s (NCCAT) CTE Teacher of the Year process was established to honor and retain exceptional CTE educators and leaders in North Carolina public schools and public charter schools.

“The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge,” stated the release.

“Programs in Career and Technical Education are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively, solve problems, and utilize technology. These tools and experiences make school more relevant, and ensure students are ready for the real world,” the release continued.