Burke Teachers Receive State Bonuses

114 Burke County teachers receive state bonuses
Posted on 03/21/2019

North Carolina awards merit bonuses to specific teachers based on student growth on end-of-grade tests, high AP exam scores, or students receiving certificates or credentials.

The bonuses are awarded to third- through fifth-grade reading teachers, fourth- through eighth-grade math teachers, high school advanced placement teachers and high school career and technical education teachers.

All total, 114 Burke County Public Schools teachers were eligible for the bonuses from the 2017-18 academic year. The reading and math teachers were eligible for having test scores in the top 25% in the district and/or in the top 25% in the state. The Advanced Placement teachers were awarded bonuses for each student who received a score of 3 or higher on their AP exam. And CTE teachers were awarded bonuses for each student in their class who earned an industry certificate or credential.

 

Below are photos and a brief bio on many of the teachers awarded bonuses.


EVAAS Growth Data Bonuses


Carla Bailey

Pam Barrier

ErikBathe

Carrie Berryhill

Jenny Black

Ashley Brown

Beth Buckner

Allison Byrne

Kate Caraway

Teresa Chandler

Lisa Church

Stacy Costner

Robin Davis

Tamber Duvall

Andrea Gladden

Katie Gordon

Jeanie Hawkins

Tracy Heape

Wanda Hege

Anna Hollifield

David Icard

Erin Johnson

Jennifer Kearson

Greg Lail

Dawn Leary

Michele McCurry

Sharon Monday

Tracy Moulton

Bridgit Newman

Julie Norman

Jesi Nicholas

Josh Peterson

Niki Rector

Taylor Reece

Jaclyn Reid


Lori Robertson

April Robinson

Monique St. Louis

Karla Stephens

Megan Summers

Holly Thomas

Paige Turner

Kristin Wilson

Kara Wittenburg

Amber Young



Angela Anders teaches fifth grade at Mull Elementary and has been teaching for 20 years. She is from Asheville and is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Asheville.
  
Renee' Bailey teaches fourth grade at Oak Hill Elementary School and has been teaching for 20 years. She is from Morganton and a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University and Appalachian State University.
   
Pam Barrier teaches second grade at Mountain View Elementary and has been teaching for nine years. She is from Gainesville, Florida and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College.

Erik Bathe teaches eighth grade math at Heritage Middle School and has been teaching for 18 years. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee and is a graduate of The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Tennessee Technological University.
  
Carrie Berryhill teaches fourth grade at Valdese Elementary School and has been teaching for six years. She is from Rutherford College and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Jenny Black teaches fourth Grade ELA and science at Hildebran Elementary School and has been teaching for 15 years. She is from Charleston, South Carolina and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University.
  
Ashley Brown teaches third grade at Salem Elementary School and has been teaching for 10 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University.

Beth Buckner teaches fourth grade at Salem Elementary and has been teaching for 10 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College.
  
Allison Byrne teaches fourth grade at Drexel Elementary School and has been teaching for five years. She is from McAdenville and is a graduate of East Carolina University.

Kate Caraway teaches seventh grade math at Liberty Middle School and has been teaching for 27 years. She is from Morganton and graduated from UNC-Greensboro.

Teresa Chandler teaches eighth grade math at Liberty Middle School. She has been teaching for 21 years. She is from Rocky Mount, Virginia and graduated from Ferrum College.
  
Lisa Church teaches third grade at Mull Elementary School and has been teaching for 28 years. She is from Morganton and she attended Mars Hill University.
  
Stacy Costner teaches seventh grade science and last year taught sixth grade math at Table Rock Middle School and has been teaching for 12 years. She is from Glen Alpine and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College.

Robin Davis teaches fourth grade at George Hildebrand Elementary School and has been teaching for 27 years. She is from Hickory and is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University.

Tamber Duvall teaches third grade at WA Young Elementary and has been teaching for eight years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate from Lees-McRae College.
  
Laura Eagan teaches fifth grade at Mull Elementary and has been teaching for 20 years. She is from San Antonio, Texas and is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Theresa Fox teaches fourth grade at Oak Hill Elementary School and has been teaching for 14 years. She is from Morganton and a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Andrea Gladden now teaches Project Lead The Way at East Burke Middle School for grades six through eight and has been teaching for 17 years. She is from Hudson, North Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Katie Gordon teaches eighth grade math and Math 1 at Walter Johnson Middle School and has been teaching for eight years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of UNC-Asheville.

Jeanie Hawkins teaches third grade at WA Young Elementary School and has been teaching for 24 years. She is from Glen Alpine and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Tracy Heape teaches fifth grade math at Oak Hill Elementary and has been teaching for 15 years. She is from York, South Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Erskine College.

Wanda Hege teaches fifth Grade at Icard Elementary and has been teaching for 15 years. She is from the Icard / Hildebran area and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College.

Anna Hollifield teaches third grade at Oak Hill Elementary School and has been teaching for a total of 18 years. She is from Oxford, North Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

David Icard teaches fifth Grade at Hillcrest Elementary School and has been teaching for 20 years. He is from Washington, North Carolina and is a graduate of Lee University.

Erin Johnson teaches fourth grade at Mountain View Elementary School. She has been teaching for 20 years. She is from Morgantown, West Virginia and is a graduate of Fairmont State University.
  
Jennifer Kearson teaches third grade at Salem Elementary School and has been teaching for 25 years. She is from Oak Ridge, North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Charlotte.
  
Greg Lail teaches fourth grade at Hillcrest Elementary School and has been teaching for 13 years. He is from Valdese and is a graduate of Lees-McRae College.
  
Dawn Leary teaches third grade at Valdese Elementary School and has been teaching for 23 years. She is from Jefferson, Ohio and is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Gardner-Webb University.
   
Michelle McCurry teaches fourth grade at Glen Alpine Elementary School and has been teaching for 20 years. She is from Burnsville, North Carolina and is a graduate of Western Carolina University.

Sharon Monday teaches sixth grade Math and Science at Table Rock Middle School and has been teaching for 25 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Tracy Moulton teaches fifth grade at Valdese Elementary School and has been teaching for 17 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College.
  
Bridget Newman teaches eighth Grade Math and Math 1 at Table Rock Middle School and has been teaching for eight years. She is from Mills River, North Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  
Jesi Nicholas teaches third grade at Mountain View Elementary and has been teaching for four years. She is originally from Ridley Park, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.

Julie Norman teaches eighth grade math at Walter Johnson Middle School and has been teaching there for 15 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Western Carolina University.

Josh Peterson teaches fifth grade Math and Reading at Drexel Elementary School and has been teaching for nine years. He is from Morganton and is a graduate of John Wesley College and Liberty University.

Sandra Pruette teaches third grade at George Hildebrand Elementary School and has been teaching for six years. She is from Rutherford College and is a graduate of Mars Hill University.
  
Niki Rector teaches seventh grade math at Table Rock Middle School. Niki has been teaching for 6 years. She is from Hickory and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Taylor McCroskey Reece teaches fifth grade math and reading at Valdese Elementary and has been teaching for two years. She is from Hudson, North Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Jaclyn Reid teaches seventh grade math at East Burke Middle School and has been teaching for a total of 14 years. She is from Icard and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Lori Robertson teaches third grade at Icard Elementary and has been teaching for 11 years. She is from Valdese and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

April Robinson teaches fourth grade math at Oak Hill Elementary and has been teaching for 23 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Monique St. Louis teaches sixth grade Science / Social Studies at Liberty Middle School and has been teaching for 20 years. She is from Hollywood, Florida and is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Appalachian State University.

Karla Stephens teaches fourth grade at Drexel Elementary School and has been teaching for 25 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Megan Summers currently teaches fifth grade at Mountain View Elementary School. She has been teaching for the last 18 years. She is originally from Washington, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Grand Canyon University.

Holly Thomas teaches fifth grade at Valdese Elementary School and has been teaching for 12 years. She is from Jacksonville, North Carolina and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Paige Turner teaches fourth grade at Forest Hill Elementary School and has been teaching for six years. She is from Hildebran and is a graduate of Western Carolina University.
  
Kristin Wilson teaches fourth grade at Mull Elementary and has been teaching for 15 years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Meredith College.

Kara Wittenberg teaches third grade at Ray Childers Elementary School and has been teaching for 22 years. She is from Johnson City, Tennessee and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.

Amber Young teaches fourth grade at W.A. Young Elementary school. She has been teaching for two and a half years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Lees McRae College.

Angela Ballenger
Keisha Bowman
Tara Churchill
Rachel Holland
Laura Kauffman
Angela Mace
Marilee Mauser
Abby McLean
Stephanie Mull
Julie Norman
Aundrea Norwood
Jennifer Powell
Nikki Stamey
Michelle Towery

CTE Bonuses


Stephanie Eggers

Ed Hallyburton

Amy Howell

Kelley Lytle

Lisa McCall


Annette Ramsey

Steve Shuping

Elizabeth Silvey

Kristi Ward



Tommy Blanton teaches ninth through 12th grade Carpentry at East Burke High School and has been teaching for 18 years. He is from Icard and is a graduate of East Carolina University and Appalachian State.

Stephanie Eggers teaches ninth through 12th grade Multimedia & Webpage Design, AP Computer Science Principles, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint at Jimmy C Draughn High School and has been teaching for 23 years. She is from Newton and is a graduate of NC State University and UNC at Wilmington.

Ed Hallyburton teaches ninth through 12th grade Business & Marketing at East Burke High School and has been teaching for five years. He is from Rutherford College, and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University.
  
Amy Howell teaches Health Science/Nursing education at Freedom High School. She has been teaching for 11 years. She is from Floyd, Virginia and graduated from UNCG.

Kelley Lytle teaches health science at Jimmy C. Draughn High School and has been teaching for seven years. She is from Lenoir and is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University.

Lisa McCall teaches ninth through 12th grade Microsoft Word/PowerPoint, Business Law, Principles of Business and Finance, and Personal Finance at East Burke High School and has been teaching for 28 years. She is from Newton, NC and is a graduate of Brevard College, Lenoir Rhyne University and Grand Canyon University.
   
Annette Ramsey teaches Microsoft Word/PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, AP Computer Science Principles and Yearbook at R. L. Patton High School. She has been teaching for 12 years. Ramsey is from Morganton and is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Elizabeth Shuping Silvey RN, MSN teaches ninth through 12th grade Health Science Education, Health Team Relations, Health Science I, Health Science II, and Nursing Fundamentals at R. L. Patton High School. She has taught high school for 19 years and also taught at the college and university level. She is from Morganton and graduated from Western Piedmont Community College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and N.C. State University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate from Gardner-Webb University.

Steven Shuping teaches Microsoft, Business, Finance, and Multimedia design at Draughn High School and has been teaching for 16 years. He attended NC State and App State.

Kristi Ward teaches Apparel 1 & 2, Interior Design 1 & 2, and Foods 2 at East Burke High School and has been teaching for eight years. She is from Morganton and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
   
Bruce Abernethy
John Hewatt
Carla Keaton
Joni Moore
David Rudisill

Advanced Placement Data Bonuses


Brent Baker

Kelly Baker

Robin Bias

Brian Bowman

Thedy Bowman

Donna Duncan

Michelle Gregory

Penny Jenkins

John Radecsky

Seth Rickertsen




Eric Taylor

Roger Trevorrow





Brent Baker teaches AP Statistics at Freedom and has been teaching for 25 years. He is from Rutherford College and is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
  
Kelly Baker teaches AP Calculus at Freedom High School and had been teaching for a total of 22 years. She is from Augusta, Georgia and is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian University.
  
Robin Bias teaches AP Studio Art at Patton High School and has been teaching for 25 years. She is from Beckley, West Virginia and is a graduate from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and East Carolina University.
   
Brian Bowman teaches Honors and AP American History at East Burke High School and has teaching for a total of 21 years. He is from Morganton and graduated from Appalachian State University.

Thedy Bowman teaches Spanish Levels 1-AP at Patton High School and has been teaching for a total of 25 years. She is from Glen Alpine and is a graduate of Western Carolina University.

Donna Duncan teaches AP Language at East Burke High and has been teaching for a total of 22 years. She is from Granite Falls and is a graduate of Appalachian State.
  
Jon Fuller teaches AP Psychology at Patton High School and has been teaching for a total of 14 years. He is from Henderson, NC and is a graduate of East Carolina University.
  
Michelle Gregory teaches AP Calculus AB at Patton High School and has been teaching for a total of 21 years. She is from Seminole, Florida and a graduate of Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University.

Penny Jenkins teaches AP US History at Patton High School and has been teaching for 30 years. She is from Morganton, NC and studied at Lenoir-Rhyne University and UNCC.

Amy Martin teaches AP Calculus and AP Statistics at East Burke High School and has been teaching for 26 years. She is from Hickory and is a graduate of Western Piedmont Community College, Lenoir Rhyne College and Appalachian State University.
   
Kevin McCloy teaches AP European History, AP US History and Civics and Economics at Patton High School and has been teaching for 27 years. He is from Hickory and is a graduate of NC State and Appalachian State.
  
John Radecsky teaches AP World History (9-12) at Patton High School and has been teaching for a total of 16 years. He is from Readington, New Jersey and is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.

Seth Rickertsen teaches AP United States History, American History I, and Civics and Economics at Freedom High School and has been teaching for 17 years. He is from Helena, Alabama and is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

D. Eric Taylor teaches AP Statistics at Patton High School and has been teaching for 17 years. He is from Nolan, West Virginia and is a graduate of WVU Tech and UNC-Charlotte.

Roger Trevorrow teaches Social Studies at Freedom HS and has been teaching for a total of 19 years. He is from Johnstown Pennsylvania and is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh and ASU.

John Zimmerman John teaches English at Patton High School and has been teaching for 14 years. He is from Morganton and is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro.
  
Brandi Clark
Chris Collins
Brandon Fender
Tim Fossett
Yates Jensen
Pam Lookado
Kelly Ruff
Jeff Sigmon
Keith Smith
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