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Burke Middle College’s Lisa Wall named Regional Teacher of the Year

posted Dec 12, 2017, 5:28 AM by Cheryl Shuffler


Burke County Public Schools’ teacher of the year, Lisa Wall, has been named the Northwest Region / District 7 Teacher of the Year. North Carolina’s current Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, made the surprise announcement at Burke Middle College on the campus of Western Piedmont Community College on Monday during a student assembly. Wall is the English Language Arts teacher at Burke Middle College and has 22.5 years of experience teaching.

Godwin told the students at the assembly that Wall is now in the running for the next North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Godwin said, “I don’t know if you realize how enormous this is, but there are over 90,000 teachers in the state of North Carolina, and through this process we found nine teachers, and your very own Lisa Wall is one of those nine.”

Godwin read quotes from students and peers who were part of the Regional Teacher of the Year interview process. They included: “Nobody gets as excited as she does when she reads a book.” And, “She sees the best in everyone and everything.”

Wall also is described as a teacher who makes lessons exciting, inspires students to want to learn, has a contagious, can-do attitude, jumps in and gets the job done when she sees that something needs to be done and is what the school system is all about.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam was among those who surprised Wall with the announcement Monday. He said to her students, “I always say, ‘be passionate about what you want to do, and you’ll figure out a way to make money at it.’ Mrs. Wall is very, very passionate about what she does.”

Wall said it is a “huge honor” to be named one of the nine regional teachers of the year across the state, but told her students, “It’s an honor for me to be your teacher everyday.”

She said, “This is not just a job to me, this is something that I love. In all of the process going through this for regional teacher of the year, I have thought of my students. It’s a blessing to be able to have an impact on your lives everyday.”

Wall has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a National Board Certified teacher and is licensed to teach Advanced Placement classes. She started her teaching career at Forsyth County Schools in 1992 and came to Burke County Public Schools as a high school English teacher in 1998. Wall has taught at East Burke High, Draughn High and Burke Middle. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the North Carolina English Teachers Association and has been a presenter at various district, regional and state conferences.

Wall has left her mark on Burke Middle College everyday in the classroom as well as through a textbook scholarship program and by composing the school’s alma mater. At Burke Middle College, high school juniors and seniors work to complete their high school diploma as well as a two-year associate’s degree.

Joining in on the surprise announcement on Monday was Wall’s family, including her husband, Tripp, her daughters, Scarlett and Molly, her parents Tom and Mary Keller and her in-laws Trossie and Joyce Wall.

Two years ago, East Burke High School Principal Shane Mace, then at East Burke Middle, was named Region 7 Principal of the Year and last year Putnam was named Region 7 Superintendent of the year. Burke County has had one state Teacher of the Year in its history - high school music teacher James Jerome Williams in 1982. Wall is now eligible for North Carolina Teacher of the Year, which will be announced in the spring.