Laura Hines, who teaches fourth grade at Corinth-Holders Elementary, is the recipient of the 23rd annual Flame for Learning Award as Johnston County’s top teacher.
Hines teaches math, science and social studies. Her classroom best practice was “The Quest to Take Back Mathtopia,” which allowed students to complete virtual math quests tailored specifically to their level of mastery of the subject matter.
As the Flame for Learning Award winner, Hines received $1,000 and a $500 grant from the Johnston County Education Foundation. She will go on to compete for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
The other finalists for the award were Amanda Turner, who teachers seventh grade social studies at Clayton Middle School; Daniel Manzer, agriculture teacher at Clayton High School; and Brian Jones, band instructor and director at Smithfield-Selma High School. Each received $300, and their schools received $250.
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Other nominees for the award were:
Kristi Beasley – West View Elementary School.
Karin Chmelo – East Clayton Elementary School.
Megan Chvatal – Smithfield-Selma High School.
Michelle Disney – Glendale-Kenly Elementary School.
Heather Earp – West Johnston High School.
Sarah Fitzgerald – Micro-Pine Level Elementary School.
Heather Gibson – Polenta Elementary School.
Jeffrey Henry – Cleveland Elementary School.
Robin Hiatt – Powhatan Elementary School.
Nancy Kelly – Corinth-Holders Elementary School.
Melody Lineberger – West Johnston High School.
Jacqueline Mueller – Cleveland Elementary School.
Kelly Nolan – Four Oaks Elementary School.
Kaye Pearce – Smithfield-Selma High School.
Christina Schaffer – Smithfield Middle School.
Renee Souza – Corinth Holders High School.