Sharpe named Thomasville Primary teacher of the year

Jun. 26, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

If Kellie Sharpe did not know how much she was appreciated as a valued member of the staff at Thomasville Primary School, she does following a distinctive recognition from the school system.

Presented with a plaque honoring her banner year as kindergarten teacher, Sharpe was named Thomasville Primary Teacher of the Year on June 11 during the mentor/mentee breakfast at Thomasville Middle School. Making a huge transition and tested by a steep learning curve, she passed with flying colors.

“Everything has been really positive this year,” Sharpe said. “I've had nothing but positive moments as a part of Thomasville City Schools. I transitioned from fourth grade to kindergarten this year. It's been a learning experience, and everything has come together really nicely. I've learned so much from my students, and they've learned a lot from me.”

On hand for the presentation of Sharpe's award, 2013-2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year Karyn Dickerson offered words of advice and inspirational stories intended to re-energize the crowd, also helping to quantify the value of teachers like her colleague.

“You give them the tools, the skills, that come out when needed,” Dickerson said to the teachers in attendance. “You've made a difference in the lives of every single one of [your students]. I want to thank you for being inspirational to your mentee, your colleagues and, most importantly, to your students.

Dickerson explained how teaching at the high school level has given her the opportunity to watch the fruits of her labor ripen before and after their college career begins. For teachers at Thomasville Primary and Thomasville Middle School, they have the chance to shape children's study habits that will one day help determine their course.

“Even if they don't tell you – and trust me, they hardly ever tell you; and when they do, you save it, you laminate it as proof and you read it when you get frustrated – know you make a difference every single day,” Dickerson said.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 847-9911, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.