Award Winners

Awarding endowed teaching chairs each year is one way the Public School Foundation acknowledges the contributions of outstanding educators and rewards their efforts on behalf of students.

Garrison Reid

Garrison Reid

Neil Pedersen Teachers First Chair for Excellence in Classroom Technology, Chapel Hill High School

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as the Pedersen Teaching Chair. A key takeaway from the last year is that effective technology integration is critical to instruction regardless of the format of the “classroom”. From a dinner table, office desk, or a masked on-campus setting, teachers, students, and families have never been more reliant on our technology to create a meaningful school experience.”

Toni Lehman

Upper Elementary Chair for Elementary Education, McDougle Elementary

“Being selected as the Upper Elementary Teaching Chair is truly humbling. I work with so many wonderful teachers who continue to help me to grow my skill set daily. I have awesome students who freely share their questions, answers, and wonderings with honesty and curiosity. I am blessed to work in a school with outstanding administrators who push all of us to stay focused on the children. I appreciate the opportunities that this district and the Public School Foundation provide to raise learning and educational outcomes for all!”

Shannon McGinnis

Elmo’s Diner Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science, East Chapel Hill High School

"I am honored to be selected as the Elmo's Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science for the 2021-2023 school years. I know so many outstanding teachers in this district and see the impact they have on student success, so to be chosen for such a distinguished role is humbling! I will serve in this position to the best of my ability and continue to hone my teaching skills to uphold the standards of this esteemed position! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent our district!"

Lisa Frangipane

Mel & Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching, Morris Grove Elementary

"It is my hope to inspire all students to experience joy of movement and play. I appreciate CHCCS for placing value on Health and Physical Education for every student in the district. Thank you to the Public School Foundation for this recognition."

Emily Shepherd

Sterling and Anita Hennis Chair for Promising New Secondary Teacher of Eng/LA or Social Studies, Culbreth Middle School

"I feel honored to have been selected for the Hennis Teaching Chair! Inspired by the work of Howard Zinn, I strive to make Social Studies a relevant and engaging space for students where we can take an honest look at the past and develop analytical tools to make sense of and improve the world today. I could not do this work alone, and there have been many people along the way who have supported me and helped me to grow and refine my practice as a teacher!"

Tony Carter

Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Language Arts or Social Studies, Smith Middle School

"Being nominated and selected to receive the Zora Rashkis Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts is truly an honor. There are so many talented educators in our district, it is a great feeling to be considered and recognized as one of them. I work with an amazing team of educators who collaborate weekly with me to create innovative and experiential learning opportunities for our students to succeed. This award is a direct result of the positive learning environment created in our hall by this 8th grade team."
Courtney Sears

Courtney Sears

Reckford Teaching Prize, Ephesus Elementary School

"I take every opportunity I can to create engaging learning experiences that challenge my students to think critically and creatively, and to see themselves and the world in new ways. The excitement and curiosity that comes from these experiences help strengthen our classroom community and create a positive and inviting classroom culture. Student choice and voice is central to classroom engagement and creating a sense of community in our online classroom."
Melissa Barry

Melissa Barry

Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children, Carrboro High School

"Education is my passion, and I feel fortunate to work in a community that values creativity and is dedicated to success for all. I am deeply appreciative to the PSF for their commitment to students, families and educators, and for their continued support of the hard work that happens each day in our classrooms and schools."
Katheryn Cole

Kathryn Cole

Mary U. Andrews Chair for Excellence in Teaching Literacy, Northside Elementary

"School libraries provide communities open access to vibrant, inclusive collections, cultivate wonder through inquiry, and sustain collaborative learning spaces. It is a privilege to serve as the librarian at Northside wherein I get to create a community space that fosters critical literacy and learning steeped in joy."
Jaime Schendt

Jamie Fernandez-Schendt

Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School English or Social Studies, Carrboro High School

"It is my hope for all students to grow in my classroom as both leaders and citizens in their communities. That to me this is the most basic function and purpose of a public education. As a social studies teacher, it is this mindset that motivates me and informs my philosophy each and every day in the classroom. It is such an honor to be recognized by the Public School Foundation and I hope it reflects my own small piece of leadership and active citizenship in our community."
Corrie Franklin

Corrie Franklin

PSF/PTA Chair for Excellence in Teaching Cultural Arts, Culbreth Middle School and Chapel Hill High School

"I am honored to serve as your Cultural Arts Chair! The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School community is a truly amazing place to teach. Each day I look forward to creating beautiful music with our amazing students! Thank you Public School Foundation for supporting the arts in our schools!"
Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva

Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva

GSK Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Mathematics or Science, McDougle Middle School

"Receiving the GSK Teaching Chair award has strengthened and inspired me to do what I have always loved doing: Positively impacting students lives by igniting a passion in learning and education. The Public School Foundation made it possible for me to start a STEM club and a Hydroponics garden with my students thus providing them with innovative learning experiences. I believe that "Education is the Passport to the Future", and every day I feel lucky to go to work and play an integral role in my students' journey in achieving higher education."
Christine Sudzina Schut

Christine Sudzina Schut

Burton Stewart Chair for Promising New Secondary Teacher in Mathematics or Science, ECHHS

"I feel so fortunate to work with such dedicated, innovative and stellar colleagues, administrators and staff at CHCCS. As an enthusiastic life-long learner, I am excited on a daily basis to strive to inspire and support my students to do their best in the science classroom as well as in their community. I am truly honored to receive this award and grateful for the support of the Public School Foundation."
Ronetta Walker

Ronetta Walker

Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching Primary Grades (PreK-2nd), Northside Elementary

"I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to work with amazing educators, students, and families in the Northside Community and throughout CHCCS. It is truly a pleasure to represent Pre-K teachers throughout the district, showcasing our hard work within the community. Thank you, Public School Foundation, for this great opportunity."

District-wide Chairs

Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children

  • Melissa Barry, CHS, 2019-21
  • Denise Keene, Smith Middle School, 2016-18

Mary U. Andrews Chair for Excellence in Teaching Literacy 

  • Kathryn Cole, Northside Elementary, 2019-21

Mel and Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching Healthful Living and Physical Eduation 

  • Lisa Frangipane, Morris Grove Elementary, 2021-2024
  • Mackenzie Casey , Smith Middle, 2017-20

PSF/PTA Chair for Excellence in Teaching the Cultural Arts

  • Corrie Franklin, CHHS/Culbreth, 2020-22
  • Ann Daaleman, Phillips, 2017-19
  • Jack Watson, CHHS, Art, 2013-15
  • Tom Drago, CHHS, Drama, 2010-12
  • Angela Kileff, CHHS, Spanish, 2007-09
  • Marilyn Meltzer, CHHS, German, 2004-06
  • Gloria Van Dam, CHHS, French, 2001-03
  • Pam Pate, CHHS, Art, 1998-20
  • Ken Stewart, CHHS, Spanish, 1995-97
  • Sandy Williamson, CHHS, Spanish, 1992-94

Burton Stuart Chair for Promising New Secondary
Teachers in Math or Science

  • Christina Sudzina Schut, ECHHS, 2020-22
  • Morgan May, Science, Culbreth, 2016-18
  • Katherine Whittington, Math, Phillips, 2013-15
  • Daniel Murphy, Science, ECHHS, 2010-12
  • Rebecca Hite Mercadoocasio, Science, CHHS, 2006-08
  • Darryl Piggott, ECHHS, 2003-05
  • Jason Curtis, Physics, CHHS, 2000-02

Sterling and Anita Hennis Chair for Promising New Secondary
Teachers in English, Language Arts or Social Studies 

  • Emily Shepherd, Culbreth Middle, 2021-24

Neil Pedersen Chair for Excellence in Teaching Technology

  • Garrison Reid, Chapel Hill High, 2021-23
  • Mike Sharp, CTE, Culbreth Middle, 2018-20
  • Jessica Grinnell, Math/AVID, Culbreth, 2016-17
  • Candace White, Grade 3, Glenwood Elementary, 2014-15
  • Tracey Hartman, Technology Specialist, Morris Grove Elementary, 2012-13
  • Amanda Galvin, Science, ECHHS, 2010-11
  • Heather Taxis, Grade 4, Mary Scroggs Elementary, 2008-09
  • Stephanie Hebdon, Technology Specialist, McDougle Elementary, 2006-07
  • Melinda Fitzgerald, Science, Smith Middle, 2004-06
  • Pat Chancer, Grade 3, McDougle, 2002-03

High School Chairs

Elmo’s Diner Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School Math or Science                                    

  • Shannon McGinnis, ECHHS, 2021-22
  • Clare Matusevich, CHHS, 2019-20
  • Jay Wilson, ECHHS, 2014-15
  • Thomas Brown, Carrboro High, 2011-12
  • Kelly Allen, ECHHS, 2009-10
  • Maya Merritt, ECHHS, 2005-06
  • Susan Neumann, CHHS, 1995-96
  • Judy Jones, CHHS, 1992-93
  • Larry Wakeford, CHHS, 1989-90
  • Bud Stuart, CHHS, 1986-87

Bernadine Sullivan Chair for Excellence in Teaching High School English or Social Studies

  • Jamie Fernandez-Schendt, CHS, 2020-21      
  • Anthony Swaringen, CHS, 2018-19
  • Brian Link, ECHHS, 2015-16
  • Ashley Lang, ECHHS, 2013-14
  • Mary Beth Braker, Carrboro High, 2011-12
  • Amanda Galvin, ECHHS, 2009-10
  • Michael Irwin, CHHS, 2007-08
  • Amanda Parker, ECHHS, 2005-06
  • Martha Dill, ECHHS, 1999-2000
  • Pat Brooks, CHHS, 1997-98
  • Pat Detittia, CHHS, 1995-96
  • Susan Oliver, CHHS, 1993-94
  • Judy Haig, CHHS, 1991-92
  • Marjorie Lancaster, CHHS, 1989-90
  • Linda Barnard, CHHS, 1987-88

Middle School Chairs

GSK Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Math or Science

  • Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva, McDougle, 2020-21
  • Molly Caudill, Culbreth Middle, 2018-19
  • Nick Von Hoene, Smith, 2015-16
  • Danae Shipp, McDougle, 2013-14
  • Kelly Sears, Smith, 2010-11
  • Fiona Rae, Culbreth, 2007-08
  • Patty Berge, McDougle, 2006-07
  • Rob Frescoln, Phillips, 2004-05
  • Ruben Giral, McDougle, 2000-01
  • Priscilla Dennison, McDougle, 1997-98
  • Barbara Pedersen, Phillips, 1993-94
  • David Jones, Phillips, 1990-91
  • Patricia Hicks, Culbreth, 1988-89

Zora Rashkis Chair for Excellence in Teaching
Middle School Language Arts or Social Studies

  • Tony Carter, Smith , 2021-22
  • Helen Motta, Culbreth, 2019-20
  • George Gilmer, Smith, 2016-17
  • Erin White, Smith , 2014-15
  • Jennifer Scott, Phillips, 2012-13
  • Christina Atack, McDougle, 2011-12
  • Jessica Benninger, Culbreth, 2009-10
  • Ann Collins, Culbreth, 2007-08
  • Rebecca Campbell, Phillips, 2005-06
  • Jean Simons, Smith, 2003-04
  • Mary Harris, Phillips, 2001-02
  • Barbara Murray, Phillips, 1999-2000
  • Jami Burns, McDougle, 1997-98
  • Dorothy Works, McDougle, 1995-96
  • Jean Parrish, Phillips, 1993-94
  • Anne Browning, Phillips, 1992-93
  • Mary Gunderson, Culbreth, 1991-92
  • Pat Brooks, Phillips, 1991-92

Elementary School Chairs

Sockwell Chair for Excellence in Teaching
the Primary Grades PreK-2nd

  • Ronetta Walker, Northside Elementary, 2020-21
  • Amy Brazaski, Morris Grove Elementary, 2018-19
  • Ashley Laver, Kindergarten, Rashkis, 2013-14
  • Suzanne Stokes, Grade 1, FPG, 2011-12
  • Toni De Marco, Grade K, Morris Grove, 2009-10
  • Karoline Matthewson, Grade 2, Ephesus, 2007-08
  • Coretta Sharpless, Grade 1, Carrboro, 2005-06
  • Brenda Ankney Stephans, Grade K, Carrboro, 2003-04
  • Pam Peterson, Grade 2-3, Mary Scroggs, 2001-02
  • Faye Barker, Grade 2, Rashkis, 1999-2001
  • Emily Bivins, Grade 1, McDougle, 1998-99
  • Karen Reid, Grade K, McDougle, 1996-97
  • Pat Chancer, Grade 3, FPG, 1995-96
  • Janice Croasmun, Grade 2, Carrboro, 1994-95
  • Ann Overton, Grade 1, Ephesus, 1993-94

Upper Elementary Chair for Excellence in Teaching
Innovation – Grades 3-5

  • Toni Lehman, McDougle, 2021-22
  • Kathryn Cobb, Grade 5, 2019-20
  • Candace Crothers, Grade 3, Glenwood, 2016-17
  • Lauren Boening, Grade 3, Morris Grove, 2014-15
  • Tate Little, Grade 5, Carrboro, 2012-13
  • Elizabeth Meunier, Grade 4, Carrboro, 2010-11
  • Claire Nelson, Grade 3, Rashkis, 2008-09
  • Katherine Andrews, Grade 5, McDougle, 2006-07
  • Ursula Carswell, Grade 4, McDougle, 2004-05
  • Helen Maxwell, Grade 3, Carrboro, 2002-03
  • Jeannette Blackwell, Grade 5, McDougle, 2000-01
  • Diane Leusky, Grade 4, Ephesus, 1998-99
  • Arlene Rosenfeld, Grade 3, Seawell, 1996-97

Past Awards

University Mall Award for Excellence
in Teaching Second Languages (past award)

  • Carol Orringer, Ephesus, French

Heavner Award for Excellence in Teaching Cultural Arts (past award)

  • Alycia Allen, CHHS, 1991-92      
  • Paul Hrusovsky, Glenwood, 1988-89

Annual District Award Recipients

Jeanette Blackwell Mentor Teacher Award

  • Gretchen Pegram, Rashkis Elementary, 2021-22
  • Kim Lindekugel, Chapel Hill High, 2019-20
  • Carla Gilchrist, Glenwood Elementary, 2018-19
  • Kirsten Venema, Ephesus Elementary 2017-18
  • Catherine Molyet, McDougle Middle, 2016-17
  • Tina Mansfield, Morris Grove Elementary, 2015-16
  • Kendra Suggs-Shealey, Lincoln Center, 2014-15
  • Alisa McAlister, McDougle Middle, 2013-14
  • Christina Royster, Literacy Coach, Rashkis Elementary, 2012-13
  • Louise Peters, Reading Specialist, McDougle Middle, 2011-12
  • Katherine Andrews, Morris Grove Elementary, 2010-11
  • Kim Fearrington, Carrboro Elementary, 2009-10
  • Elizabeth Angell, Gifted Education Specialist, Glenwood Elementary, 2008-09

Elmo’s Diner Award for Excellence in Teaching World
Language / ELL (1-year award)

  • Brandon Cartagena, Culbreth, 2021-22
  • Angela McChesney, ELL, Carrboro High 2019-20
  • Shawna Catlett, French, Ephesus Elementary 2018-19
  • Beth Watson, ESL, ECHHS, 2016-17
  • Jessica Kelly, French, Culbreth, 2015-16
  • Katherine McKinnon, Seawell Elementary, 2014-15
  • Mimi Collins, ELL, Culbreth, 2012-13
  • Karen Galassi-Ferrer, World Language, ECHHS, 2011-12
  • Julie Dermody, ELL, McDougle Elementary, 2010-11
  • L.J. Randolph, Spanish, Carrboro High, 2009-10
  • Janet Davis-Castro, ELL, McDougle Elementary, 2008-09
  • Sally Merryman Smith, Spanish, Smith, 2007-08
  • Greg Cain, ESL, Smith, 2006-07
  • Sandy Williamson, Spanish, ECHHS, 2005-06

Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Support Services

  • Lillian Rodermond (CHHS), Stephen Crownson (Glenwood), Matthew Jorgenson (Lincoln Center) 2021-22
  • Zaida Walker, Lincoln Center, 2019-20
  • Andrene Powell, Northside Elementary, 2018-19
  • Laila Bradford, IT, Lincoln Center, 2017-2018
  • Cedric Bush, Teacher’s Assistant, Morris Grove Elementary, 2016-17
  • Bobby Woodard, Maintenance Department, 2015-16
  • Mark Foushee, Transportation, 2014-15
  • Gina Clark, Custodian, McDougle Elementary, 2013-14
  • Kristy Perone, Teacher’s Assistant, Mary Scoggs Elementary, 2012-13
  • Melodie Kelly, Administrative Assistant, Rashkis Elementary, 2011-12
  • Donna Gates, School Secretary, Culbreth Middle School, 2010-11
  • Jim Ellis, CHCCS Transportation, 2009-10
  • Rose Hetzell, Lincoln Center Human Resources, 2008-09

Public School Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children

  • (for 2015-16 and beyond, see Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children)
  • Jennifer Michalenok, Chapel Hill High, 2014-15
  • Amy Lineberry, Phillips Middle,  2013-14
  • Beth Kinney, Math, McDougle Elementary, 2012-13
  • Hannah Goodwin-Brown, Carrboro Elementary, 2011-12
  • Linda Jens, Frank Porter Graham Elementary, 2010-11
  • Caroline Carlson, Estes Hills Elementary, 2009-10
  • Paula Ferrell, McDougle Middle, 2008-09
  • Terry Richards, Phillips Middle, 2007-08
  • Rita Simpson, Exceptional Education, McDougle Middle, 2006-07
  • Clementine Self, Reading Specialist, Seawell Elementary, 2003-04
  • Rita Simpson, Exceptional Education, McDougle Middle, 2006-07

Public School Foundation Promising New Teacher Award

  • Courtney Rogers, Frank Porter Graham, 2021-22
  • Rody Huertas Ostolaza, 2019-20
  • Torrance Jones, Northside Elementary, 2018-19
  • Janine Barr, Glenwood Elementary, 2017-18
  • Claire Gough, Culbreth Middle, 2016-17
  • Morgan May, Culbreth Middle, 2015-16
  • Diamond Jones, Northside Elementary, 2014-15
  • Jasmine Johnson, Scroggs Elementary, 2013-14
  • Kathleen Carswell, Grade 5, Morris Grove Elementary, 2012-13
  • Chye Kornegay, East Chapel Hill High, 2008-09
  • Bernadette Woods, Carrboro High, 2007-08
  • Anna Collins, Kindergarten, Rashkis Elementary, 2006-07
  • Kendra Fisher, Grade 3, Carrboro Elementary, 2005-06

BRMA Excellence in Equitable Teaching Award

  • Gabe Graña, Smith,  2021-22
  • Morgan Hunt, McDougle Elementary, 2021-22
  • Janet Davis-Castro, Carrboro Elementary, 2021-22
  • Matthew Murchison, Carrboro High, 2019-20
  • Dana McCullum, McDougle Middle, 2019-20
  • Tiffany Lloyd, Rashkis, 2019-20
  • Timothy Walker, Carrboro High, 2018-19
  • Eric Zeigler, Smith Middle, 2018-19

MSAN Equity Equals Excellence Award

  • Kimberly Jones, Chapel Hill High, 2021-22
  • Jennifer Dykes, Ephesus, 2019-20
  • Anna O’Connell, Carrboro High, 2018-19
  • Delia Hudson, McDougle Elementary, 2018-19

Courageous Educator Award

  • Ashley Sherman, Ephesus, 2021-22
  • Adelaide Zarhen, Seawell, 2019-20 Consummate Professional Award (sponsored by CHCCS Association of Educators)
  • Vanessa Diggs, East Chapel Hill High 2018-19

Consummate Professional Award (sponsored by the CHCCS Association of Educators)

  • Megan Stevenson, Culbreth, 2021-22
  • Tracy Bell, Glenwood, 2019-20
  • Jaclyn Holland, Estes Hills, 2018-19

Public School Foundation Award for Support Staff Excellence in Exceptional Education and Student Services

  • Shannon Allee, Culbreth Middle, 2021-22
  • Delia Hudson, McDougle Elementary, 2019-20
  • Sonia Sutton, Chapel Hill High, 2018-19
  • Stephanie Mazva-Cohen, SSW Culbreth Middle, 2017-18
  • Matt Straub, Culbreth Middle, 2016-17
  • Betsy Booth Scalco, SSW, Estes Hills Elementary, 2015-16
  • Beth Murphy, Nurse, Rashkis, 2014-15
  • Irene Slydel, Nurse, Smith Middle, 2013-14
  • Tina Moore, Family Specialist, Smith Middle, 2012-13
  • Jessica Harris, Counselor, East Chapel Hill High, 2011-12
  • Robbie Brown, McDougle Elementary, 2010-11
  • Ruth Morgan, EESS, Ephesus Elementary, 2009-10
  • Emily Avetta, School Psychologist, Rashkis and Scroggs Elementary, 2008-9
  • Rhonda Hairston, Counselor, McDougle Middle, 2007-8
  • Rita Simpson, EE, McDougle Middle, 2006-07
  • Carol Grigg, Nurse, Culbreth Middle School and Phoenix, 2005-6
  • Kerry Sherrill, Family Specialist, Carrboro Elementary School, 2004-5
  • Clementine Self, Reading, Seawell Elementary, 2003-04

Principal of the Year Award

  • Crystal Epps, Scroggs Elementary, 2020-21
  • Robert Bales, McDougle Middle, 2019-21
  • Emily Bivins, FPGB, 2018-19

Assistant Principal of the Year Award

  • Kirtisha Jones, Northside, 2021
  • Stacie Boyer, Ephesus  2020
  • Anna Hipps, Chapel Hill High, 2019

Award for Excellence in District Administration

  • Brad Johnson, Director of Transportation, 2020-21
  • Sherri Morris, Director of HR, Talent Acquisition and Programming, 2019-20
  • Bill Mullin, Executive Director of School Facilities, Lincoln Center, 2017-18

Teacher of the Year Award

  • Brian Link, ECHHS, 2021-22
  • Eugenia Floyd, Scroggs Elementary, 2019-20
  • Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva, McDougle Middle, 2018-19