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5/14/2014 11:32:00 AM
Outstanding Educators Named For Gaston County
Congratulations to the Gaston County Evening of Excellence award winners for 2014-2015: Central Office Administrator of the Year Resa Hoyle, Principal of the Year Rebekah Duncan, Teacher of the Year Karla Endemann, and Assistant Principal of the Year Gina Stiwalt. They are pictured with Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker and Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Lutz. Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the awards ceremony again this year.
(Photo Courtesy Gaston County Schools)

Congratulations to the Gaston County Evening of Excellence award winners for 2014-2015: Central Office Administrator of the Year Resa Hoyle, Principal of the Year Rebekah Duncan, Teacher of the Year Karla Endemann, and Assistant Principal of the Year Gina Stiwalt. They are pictured with Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker and Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Lutz. Wells Fargo Bank sponsored the awards ceremony again this year.

(Photo Courtesy Gaston County Schools)


W. Jeffrey Booker, Superintendent
Gaston County Schools


GASTONIA - The Evening of Excellence ceremony last Tuesday evening gave us an opportunity to honor and commend employees for their significant contributions to public school education. Evening of Excellence is our premier recognition event, and the program honors the “best of the best” in Gaston County Schools.

We always look forward to the Evening of Excellence ceremony, which includes the naming of the
Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, and Central Office Administrator of the Year. We are especially proud of this year’s award recipients – Karla Endemann, Rebekah Duncan, Gina Stiwalt, and Resa Hoyle. They are exceptional educational leaders who care about children and our school system. Congratulations to all award winners, finalists and nominees.

News, Information, and More

Woodhill student wins Proudest Kid essay contest
Woodhill Elementary third grader Kennette Bess won the Proudest Kid in Gaston County essay contest sponsored by Gaston Together. As the winner, Kennette received a cash prize and will be honored in Raleigh where she will tour the legislative building with Senator Kathy Harrington. Honorable mention awards were presented to Celia Roche, New Hope; Lainey Renee Baakko, Belmont Central; and Jake Baysden, Chapel Grove. The essay contest gives third grade students an opportunity to tour locations around the county and then write about the experience and why they are proud to live in Gaston County.

Students chosen for Governor’s School program
Gaston County Schools has 12 students who will attend the prestigious Governor’s School of North Carolina. Governor’s School is a five-week summer enrichment program (June 15 – July 23) for outstanding high school students. Click here for a list of the students.

Board member, principal and teacher among Best of Gaston winners
The Gaston Gazette presented its Best of Gaston 2014 awards, and three winners have connections to Gaston County Schools. Chad Carper from Forestview High School was named the Best of Gaston Principal and Forestview’s Al Froneberger was named the Best of Gaston Teacher. Board of Education member Mark Stephens was chosen the Best of Gaston Accountant for the fifth consecutive year.

Schools, students and employees receive Keep Gastonia Beautiful awards
Congratulations to the following schools, students and employees that received special recognition from
Keep Gastonia Beautiful. The awards recognize the honorees for their environmentally friendly efforts:

  • School Custodians of the Year: Stan Neely, Webb Street; Bobby Sanders, Bessemer City Central; Glenn Willis and Kay Henderson, Beam Intermediate; Zeke Williams, Forestview; and Keith Duckworth, Bessemer City High School.
  • ’Green’ Students of the Year: Davion Hunt, Webb Street; and Yelisa Leiva, Hunter Huss High School.
  • ’Green’ Teacher of the Year: Susie Miller, Webb Street; and Phoebe Mullis Lawing, Stuart W. Cramer High School.
  • ’Green’ Schools of the Year: Beam Intermediate, York Chester Middle, and Stuart W. Cramer High School.

Weekly Points of Pride

  • Springfield Elementary participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program and raised more than
  • $1,000 for the American Heart Association.
  • Woodhill Elementary collected more than $2,000 in the Pasta for Pennies fundraiser for the
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Grier Middle teacher Michelle Ellis was chosen as a Discovery Place Fellow and will participate in professional development with educators from the Charlotte region. She also was chosen to participate in the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama and was named a Siemens STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Institute Fellow.
  • The Highland School of Technology had 19 students to win awards at the Technology Student
  • Association state competition held in Greensboro.


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