Instructional Assistants of the Year

WCPS Announces Instructional Assistants of the Year Finalists
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The Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) HR Department is excited to announce its three finalists in the 2018-2019 Instructional Assistant of the Year (IAOY) program. 

Sharon Carter
Tommy's Road Elementary

Tracy Hand
Greenwood Middle

Elizabeth Barnes
Charles B. Aycock High

The district-level IAOY program is a formalized selection process that highlights the top instructional assistants in the district. As part of the program, each applicable school named an IAOY to represent it in the coming year. A selection committee interviewed each candidate, and narrowed the field to three finalists. The WCPS IAOY will be selected from the three finalists and announced at a reception to be held at the district’s Professional Development & Family Engagement Center on May 1 at 4:00 PM.

“Instructional Assistants have a valuable role in our schools, supporting both students and teachers,” states Dr. Yvette Smith Mason, WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development. “We look forward to recognizing the school-level Instructional Assistants of the Year on Tuesday, and wish our three finalists the very best in the final round of this district program.”

Finalists Info:

Mrs. Carter, an Instructional Assistant at Tommy’s Road Elementary, has two years of service with the school district, all at her present school.

“Mrs. Carter is technologically gifted, and is very helpful maintaining our campus computer lab,” states Tameka Allen, TRE principal. “Mrs. Carter is the kind of assistant who sees something that needs to be done and takes care of it without being asked. She helps keep the children focused and on track so that they can keep up with the many requirements in today’s high paced school environment.”

Mrs. Hand, an Instructional Assistant at Greenwood Middle, has five years of service with the school district, with two at her present school.

“Mrs. Hand has proven herself to be a true professional,” states Ryan Nelson, GWM principal. “She is an assistant in a self-contained Exceptional Children’s classroom. What she offers goes beyond the classroom. She leads by example and causes others to raise their own level of performance.”

Mrs. Barnes, an Instructional Assistant at Charles B. Aycock High, has 7.5 years of service with the school district, all at her present school.

“Mrs. Barnes belief and commitment to children is evident in the life skills classroom,” states Dr. Earl Moore CBA principal. “She has planted seeds hope to the children who were placed in her care. She challenges each and every student to be and do their very best.”

The following is a complete list of the instructional assistants selected to represent their school as an Instructional Assistant of the Year in the coming school year:



Instructional Assistant of the Year

Brogden Middle School

Demetric Wright

Brogden Primary School

Jeneen Moore

Carver Elementary School

Cindy Grady

Carver Heights Elementary School

William Darring, Jr.

Charles B. Aycock High School

Elizabeth Barnes

Dillard Middle School

Zsajauna Taylor

Eastern Wayne Elementary School

Caryn Reagan

Eastern Wayne High School

Elizabeth Becton

Eastern Wayne Middle School

Charlotte Boyette

Edgewood Community Developmental School

Omatayo Ayers

Fremont STARS Elementary School

Ronnesha Bass

Goldsboro High

Dwight Sutton

Grantham Elementary School

Melinda Jernigan

Grantham Middle School

Katrina Evans

Greenwood Middle School

Tracy Hand

Meadow Lane Elementary School

Michael McIntyre

Mount Olive Middle School

Vera McCullen

North Drive Elementary School

Gladys Darden

Northeast Elementary School

Richard Kendall

Northwest Elementary School

Debbie Pope

Norwayne Middle School

Kelvin Karema

Rosewood Elementary School

Jennifer Jenkins

Rosewood High School

Wade Johnson

Rosewood Middle School

Angela Lancaster

Spring Creek Elementary School

Charlotte Reaves

Tommy’s Road Elementary School

Sharon Carter

Wayne Middle/High Academy

Gary Woodard II

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