JEFFERSON — Across the State of North Carolina, many school systems are becoming involved with the recognition of “Rookie of the Year,” through the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, for beginning teachers. This award is for beginning teachers in their first year of teaching. Ashe County Schools named Jordan Nemeth, third grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School, as the Ashe County Schools “Rookie of the Year” 2019-2020.

“Mountain View was very fortunate to be able to hire Mrs. Nemeth,” MVES Principal David Blackburn said. “She always puts the needs of her students first and has an engaging personality and teaching style.”

Jordan was given a class of 20 third graders, according to ACS Director of Human Resources Lesia Goodman.

“As a beginning teacher, you want everything perfect in your room for that first day of school,” Goodman said. “When I visited Jordan’s classroom before the beginning of school, I saw that Jordan had established an inviting learning space for students to feel safe and enjoy learning.”

Jordan emphasized that beginning teachers must collaborate with everyone, according to an ACS release. This enables a new teacher to have the expertise of many professionals to enhance learning in the classroom.

“Jordan does an outstanding job of differentiating instruction for her students,” said Lori Hensley, third grade teacher at MVES. “She is a team player who goes the extra mile to ensure student success.”

The Ashe County Board of Education supports all beginning teachers by providing funding for mentors and a coach through the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program, Dr. Betsy Rosenbalm.

“It has been a great honor to watch Jordan Nemeth grow as a teacher this school year,” Rosenbalm said. “From her first day of teaching, she has worked tirelessly to establish a differentiated learning environment that meets the needs of all of her students through engaging, enriching and prescriptive lessons. Her desire to see every child succeed drives her to be a strong and caring advocate for kids.”

According to the release, Nemeth said this has been one of the hardest, but rewarding, years of her life.

“I look forward to next year, as I welcome new students to third grade,” Nemeth said.


The criteria for selection of ACS Rookie of the Year is that the beginning teacher must display a positive, professional attitude, participate in school activities, complete all required beginning teacher activities, communicate well with all stakeholders, demonstrate potential for leadership and engage in reflective practice.

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