Republished with permission of the Salisbury Post
by: Rebecca Rider
Teaching is all about passion. That was the theme of the day at a Kannapolis City School’s breakfast held Thursday morning. The district named Brittany Banks, a kindergarten teacher at Shady Brook Elementary, its 2016 Teacher of the Year, but Superintendent Daren “Chip” Buckwell said it was a difficult decision.
All eight nominees were “champions for children,” Buckwell said.
Brian Cesca, a member of the selection committee, agreed. During remarks, he said that being a great teacher is about more than engaging children in the classroom and having students earn grades — it’s about impacting the lives of children.
“It’s about being a life-shaper,” he said.
A good teacher instills a love of learning and also helps shape their students into better people. And that, he said, described all of the nominees.