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Dr. LaDonna Hollis, 2017 Teacher of the Year
Dr. LaDonna Hollis, 2017 Teacher of the Year

It is a privilege to serve the students at Cary Reynolds Elementary School. This is my sixteenth year as an Educator. I earned my Doctorate from Argosy University Nashville. During my time at CRES, I have taught first grade for the past four years. This year, I will teach second grade. I believe that the level at which we teach our students is the level in which students will strive to reach. In the words of William A. Ward, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” My goal is to inspire each student whose path I cross. With hard work and determination, whatever students believe can be achieved. I am honored to represent Cary Reynolds Elementary. Thank you.

2014 Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Stephanie Jackson, Media Specialist


2014 Teacher of the Year
It is truly an honor and a privilege to work at Cary Reynolds Elementary.  In the past 15 years, I have taught second and third grade students and currently serve as the Media Specialist.  My daily interaction with students and staff has been delightfully engaging and rewarding.  I enjoy collabaration among the staff to provide enriching activities for our students.  It is also wonderful to see initiatives such as the STEM program being implemented in our school.  It engages and inspires our students to  think critically for him or herself. Students are doing more than completing a task or accomplishing a goal, they are striving for excellence.  There is no other school I would rather be.  It is a pleasure to serve and represent everyone at Cary Reynolds ES.  Thank You.
2013 Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Shalance Als, Third Grade Teacher


2013 Teacher of the YearMrs. Als interviewed at Cary Reynolds Elementary in September, 1988 and was hired on the spot. Throughout the years Mrs. Als has encountered a multitude of teaching and learning experiences. She has watched education go from dittos, to workbooks, to desktops, to laptops, promethean boards, and now I pads.
This will be Mrs. Als’ twenty-fourth year at Cary Reynolds Elementary. She plans to continue working here until she retires. Mrs. Als graciously welcomes this honor as “2013 Teacher of the Year” and is proud to represent the faculty and staff at Cary Reynolds Elementary!
2012 Teacher of the Year
Ms. Felicia Baiden


2012 Teacher of the YearAs an early childhood educator I have considerable responsibility in ensuring that students acquire the foundational knowledge and skills that will allow them to be successful in various arenas. I have an unyielding commitment to creating and implementing learning experiences that will equip students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources pertinent to their academic achievement and mobility, but more importantly, these experiences serve to prepare students to become active and contributing members of their communities and within the larger society. In order to fulfill such a significant charge, there are essential practices that I believe must be considered and incorporated within education, including: motivating students to learn, providing student-centered instruction, encouraging meta-cognition and higher level thinking, establishing partnerships, and promoting life-long learners.

I believe that lessons and topics should be so engaging and thought provoking that the students thirst for more knowledge on the topic. I believe that when students’ curiosities and interests are facilitated they will always seek to learn more. The notion of life-long learning must not only be a goal for the students, but this should be a goal for the teacher as well; for it is her responsibility to prepare students for success now and in the future. As an educator I am committed to lifelong learning, vowing to stay knowledgeable of the most current educational research and teaching strategies that will best meet the needs and interests of our current student population and larger society. 
2011 Teacher of the Year
Mr. Terry Allen, Kindergarten Teacher


2011 Teacher of the Year
Mr. Allen currently teaches Kindergarten but has also taught pre-K and second grades.
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