president and CEO of NHA, Chip Hurlburt, made the surprise announcement at a
school assembly on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
believe in providing educational excellence to all of our students,” Hurlburt
said. “This award is our way of recognizing the top performing teachers and
saying ‘thank you’ for all of their hard work and dedication to ensure each
child is achieving in the classroom.”
year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of schools by
highlighting outstanding teachers in four categories: Grades K-1, Grades 2-5,
Grades 6-8, and co-curricular. There are 15 finalists in each category. The
finalists are determined by a number of factors including student test scores,
annual performance evaluations, and parent satisfaction data.
has served as a teacher with NHA for 13 years. She has been nominated for the
award seven times.
“The best part of
teaching is seeing the glow in the children’s eyes as they begin to learn new
things, especially reading,” Adam said.
“Kindergarten is such an influential year. There is so much growth in
one year. It's amazing!”
Queen’s Grant Community School Principal Christy Morrin said Adams
frequently researches and tries new methods and strategies to better meet the
needs of her students and improve her instruction.
“We are so pleased that Mrs. Adam has been
selected as the Excellence in Teaching winner for the K-1 category,” Morrin
said. “She is a quiet leader at Queen’s Grant who mentors new teachers and shares
ideas. Mrs. Adam achieves strong, consistent results in the areas of student
achievement, principal evaluation, and parent satisfaction.”
Grant Community School is a free public charter school serving students in
kindergarten through eighth grade. It is one of eight schools in North Carolina
managed by National Heritage Academies. NHA operates 81 schools in nine states
serving more than 55,000 children.