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 honestly 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

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

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 

  • Mackenzie Casey , Smith Middle, 2017-20

PSF/PTA Chair for Excellence in Teaching the Cultural Arts

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

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

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

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

  • Will be awarded for the first time spring 2021

Neil Pedersen Chair for Excellence in Teaching Technology

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

High School Chairs

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

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

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

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

Middle School Chairs

GSK Chair for Excellence in Teaching Middle School Math or Science

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

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

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

Elementary School Chairs

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Annual District Award Recipients

Jeanette Blackwell Mentor Teacher Award

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

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

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

Mary Scroggs Award for Excellence in Support Services

  • Rose Hetzell, Lincoln Center Human Resources, 2008-9
  • Jim Ellis, CHCCS Transportation, 2009-10
  • Donna Gates, School Secretary, Culbreth Middle School, 2010-11
  • Melodie Kelly, Administrative Assistant, Rashkis Elementary, 2011-12
  • Kristy Perone, Teacher’s Assistant, Mary Scoggs Elementary, 2012-13
  • Gina Clark, Custodian, McDougle Elementary, 2013-14
  • Mark Foushee, Transportation, 2014-15
  • Bobby Woodard, Maintenance Department, 2015-16
  • Cedric Bush, Teacher’s Assistant, Morris Grove Elementary, 2016-17
  • Laila Bradford, IT, Lincoln Center, 2017-2018
  • Andrene Powell, Northside Elementary, 2018-19
  • Zaida Walker, Lincoln Center, 20119-20

Public School Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children

  • Clementine Self, Reading Specialist, Seawell Elementary, 2003-4
  • Rita Simpson, Exceptional Education, McDougle Middle, 2006-7
  • Terry Richards, Phillips Middle, 2007-8
  • Paula Ferrell, McDougle Middle, 2008-9
  • Caroline Carlson, Estes Hills Elementary, 2009-10
  • Linda Jens, Frank Porter Graham Elementary, 2010-11
  • Hannah Goodwin-Brown, Carrboro Elementary, 2011-12
  • Beth Kinney, Math, McDougle Elementary, 2012-13
  • Amy Lineberry, Phillips Middle,  2013-14
  • Jennifer Michalenok, Chapel Hill High, 2014-15
  • (for 2015-16 and beyond, see Kim Hoke Chair for Excellence in Teaching Exceptional Children)

Public School Foundation Promising New Teacher Award

  • Kendra Fisher, Grade 3, Carrboro Elementary, 2005-6
  • Anna Collins, Kindergarten, Rashkis Elementary, 2006-7
  • Bernadette Woods, Carrboro High, 2007-8
  • Chye Kornegay, East Chapel Hill High, 2008-9
  • Kathleen Carswell, Grade 5, Morris Grove Elementary, 2012-13
  • Jasmine Johnson, Scroggs Elementary, 2013-14
  • Diamond Jones, Northside Elementary, 2014-15
  • Morgan May, Culbreth Middle, 2015-16
  • Claire Gough, Culbreth Middle, 2016-17
  • Janine Barr, Glenwood Elementary, 2017-18
  • Torrance Jones, Northside Elementary, 2018-19
  • Rody Huertas Ostolaza, 2019-20

BRMA Excellence in Equitable Teaching Award

  • Eric Zeigler, Smith Middle, 2018-19
  • Timothy Walker, Carrboro High, 2018-19
  • Tiffany Lloyd, Rashkis, 2019-20
  • Dana McCullum, McDougle Middle, 2019-20
  • Matthew Murchison, Carrboro High, 2019-20

MSAN Equity Equals Excellence Award

  • Delia Hudson, McDougle Elementary, 2018-19
  • Anna O’Connell, Carrboro High, 2018-19
  • Jenifer Dykes, Ephesus, 2019-20

Courageous Educator Award

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

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

  • Jaclyn Holland, Estes Hills, 2018-19
  • Tracy Bell, Glenwood, 2019-20

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

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

Principal of the Year Award

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

Assistant Principal of the Year Award

  • Anna Hipps, Chapel Hill High, 2019
  • Stacie Boyer, Ephesus  2020

Award for Excellence in District Administration

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

Teacher of the Year Award

  • Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva, McDougle Middle, 2018-19
  • Eugenia Floyd, Scroggs Elementary, 2019-20