Instructional Assistant of the Year

WCPS Names 2018-2019 Instructional Assistant of the Year
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Names 2018-2019 Instructional Assistant of the YearGreenwood Middle instructional assistant, Tracy Hand, has been selected as the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) 2018-2019 Instructional Assistant of the Year. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at the annual Instructional Assistant of the Year Reception held at the WCPS Professional Development & Family Engagement Center.

Mrs. Hand has five years of service with the school district, with two at her present school. As part of her education philosophy, she believes in the importance of meeting the needs of students individually and collectively.

“As a Teacher Assistant, I am dedicated to assist the Lead Teacher in fulfilling all educational goals that are instituted,” states Mrs. Hand. “Dedication can be a weighty matter as it includes; being resourceful, innovative and committed to the process until completion. The needs of students are greater now that they have ever been before. Therefore, if the needs are greater, the supply must over achieve the need.”

In her role, Mrs. Hand is in a self-contained Exceptional Children’s classroom, providing constant support and instruction. Her principal states her work is commendable and that her efforts extend beyond the classroom through her high standards of excellence.

“We are pleased to recognize Mrs. Hand for her valuable service as an instructional assistant,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development. “Through this local recognition program, our selection committees spent hours reading portfolios and interviewing the top instructional assistants in the district. Mrs. Hand was found to be dedicated, passionate, and highly effective in supporting the students and teachers at her school.”

As Instructional Assistant of the Year, Mrs. Hand will receive a $500 check. The district’s two finalists, Sharon Carter (Tommy’s Road Elementary) and Elizabeth Barnes (Charles B. Aycock High) will each receive a $250 check.
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