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Vance County Schools Holds Excellence in Education

Vance County Schools Holds Excellence in Education

September 10, 2021 - Vance County Schools held its annual Excellence in Education event on Thursday, September 9 in the Atrium at the Center for Innovation. The Beginning Teacher of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year event kicked off at 4:30pm, while the Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year recognitions took place at 5:45pm. 

Teacher of the Year

Dr. Tim Hall, who is originally from Williamston, NC, was honored as the Vance County Schools District Teacher of the Year. Currently Dr. Hall teaches grades 9-12 Social Studies (World History, American History I, American History II, Foundational Principles: Civics & Economics), as well as AP US History, Psychology, and Sociology at Vance Virtual Village Academy. He has been in education for 25 years having previously served as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Academics. Dr. Hall is in his second year with Vance County Schools. He earned his BA in History from Elon College, from East Carolina University a Masters in History, and from Union Institute and University a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Society. 

Dr. Hall expressed that receiving this award “is a recognition of the efforts of the V-3 Academy and our work as educators at an innovative virtual academy.” He shared, “ VCS has been open and supportive to me as an educator. This includes the administration, teachers, families, and students. In addition, VCS is innovative in its efforts to meet the needs of all students in the county with V3A being an excellent example of educational transformation in practice.”

He added, “Nelson Mandela once said ‘education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ I believe him. I want to help create a better world without oppression, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. I want everyone to reach their highest potential as human beings. And I want to be part of the work that makes those beliefs a reality.”

Principal of the Year

Dr. Jacqueline Batchelor-Crosson was named the District Principal of the Year. She currently serves as the Principal of Pinkston Street Elementary, a PreK through 5th grade school. Dr. Crosson has been in education for 20 years having previously taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, served as a 21st Century Community Learning Center Director at Pinkston Street and Assistant Principal at Pinkston, New Hope, and LB Yancey. Originally from Bunn, NC, Crosson’s entire educational career has been spent with Vance County Schools. She is a graduate of Fayetteville State University, earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology. She continued her education at the University of Phoenix, earning a Masters in School Administration and a Doctorate of Education. 

Dr. Crosson shared, “To be nominated and recognized by your peers is such an honor. The extreme joy comes with knowing that the work that you do everyday has an impact on someone else that feels that you are deserving of such recognition.” She continued, “My amazing students, my phenomenal families, and my awesome staff are what keep me coming back to the profession day after day. The connections that are established and knowing that we are the agents that create special moments is what is rewarding on a daily basis. We look for opportunities to capture moments that will build lasting relationships. That's what education does- it's a seed that is planted and we just watch it grow from a seedling into something fruitful that keeps on giving.”

Beginning Teacher of the Year

Ms. Elizabeth Moore of Vance County High School was honored as the District Beginning Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches 9th grade World History. She is entering her second year in teaching, both of which have been with Vance County Schools. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Moore earned her undergraduate degree in History from California University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from Drexel University. 

Moore shared, “I'm honored to have received this distinction and I am able to teach students each week at Vance County High School. It makes me feel good that so many people value what I say, and it motivates me to keep teaching every week. I think it would be remiss if I did not also thank the people who poured their knowledge and education into me so that I can pass this on to others.” She continued, sharing her greatest love of being an educator is the students in order to build relationships and have fun while learning. She shared she enjoys Vance County Schools because everyone works as a team! 

Assistant Principal of the Year

Ms. Regina Miles was honored as the District Assistant Principal of the Year. She currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Zeb Vance Elementary, a PreK through 5th grade school. Miles has been with Vance County Schools for 20 years with Henderson being her hometown. Miles began her career in education as a Teacher Assistant/Bus Driver at Dabney Elementary, 4th grade ELA teacher at Carver Elementary, Assistant Principal at Clarke Elementary and now Assistant Principal at Zeb Vance Elementary. She received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University for Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from NC State University.

Miles shared, “I am truly honored to be recognized for doing what I am passionate about. It means I am headed in the right direction in alignment with what the district’s vision is for all our students and staff.” She continued by sharing, “I love being an educator in VCS because we are given the autonomy to do whatever it takes to motivate our staff, learn and apply new strategies to be successful, and to do all of this with grace and understanding. Students are my biggest ‘why’, allowing me to be able to shape the lives of our youth through academics. It is truly an honor to see teachers become leaders based on my support - it is simply amazing.”