Allison Reid named Wake County Teacher of the Year

From staff reportsMay 8, 2014 

— Allison Reid was named the Wake County school system’s 2014 Teacher of the Year at a ceremony on Thursday.

Reid, an English teacher at Heritage High School, was one of 13 finalists for the honor. She’s been a teacher for eight years, the last three at Heritage High in Wake Forest.

“I congratulate Allison Reid for being a teacher leader,” Superintendent Jim Merrill said in a written statement. “She introduces students to “To Kill A Mockingbird”’s Atticus Finch, builds relationships that encourage her students to reward her with their learning and accepts challenges like teaching in her school’s new Game Art and Design Academy. We are happy to celebrate her success as a leader in our community.”

Reid was praised for being a technology leader. In addition to being the lead English teacher at Heritage’s Game Art and Design Academy, she’s taught fellow teachers how to use technology in their classrooms at the school system’s Summer Institute.

Reid was also recognized for her ability to build relationships with her students.

“I believe that you must earn the right to challenge a student to go beyond what they deem themselves capable of,” Reid said in a written statement. “It is through relationships with individual students that you can really push them.”

Reid will receive a prize package that includes a $1,000 check. She will now compete in the state Teacher of the Year program.

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