HIGH POINT, N.C., June 7, 2010 – Stacy Brady, a 2009 High Point University graduate, was recently named as Guilford County Schools 2010 Rookie Teacher of the Year and Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year.
Brady, who graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in elementary education, just completed her first year of teaching the third grade at Oak Hill Elementary School.
Brady says she entered her classroom last August with an open heart and mind, and focused on teaching her students that they could believe in themselves. That philosophy allowed her class to grow 20 percent in reading ? Brady?s class scored 10 points higher than other third-grade classrooms.
“Students come in with all kinds of labels ? exceptional children, English as a second language, behavior and low socioeconomic backgrounds ? but that is not who they are,” Brady says. ?Students are more than their labels and can do anything if you believe they can.”
Sara Roberts, principal at Oak Hill Elementary, says, “One would never know she is a rookie teacher. More importantly, one would never know her students were once struggling in school. All but two of her students are performing at or above grade level expectations. ? She is a leader and model of classroom management for more experienced teachers. Her colleagues are impressed by her ability to connect with her students and their families.”
“Stacy is always smiling and really shows her students that she cares for each of them,” says James Johnson, instructor in the School of Education at HPU. “This constant smile shows that she loves what she does. She goes the extra mile for her students; she truly cares about them.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.
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