Christina Pennington

Christina Pennington.

JEFFERSON — Ashe County Schools recently announced Christina Pennington as the districtwide Support Staff/Supervisory Employee of the Year for 2019-2020.

Pennington’s main roles at Ashe County High School are Curriculum Coordinator and Graduation Coach, according to a release from ACS.

“Both of these positions have a great impact on the education of children in Ashe County Schools,” the release stated. “Every day she makes herself available to teachers, students and administration to increase student success at Ashe High.”

As a coach, she collaborates with teachers to create the best instructional lessons while assisting in finding relevant resources to aid in improved learning, the release said. Additionally, as the graduation coach, she is intentionally working with students to provide needs that will enable them to be more successful in the classroom and ultimately ensure graduation.

“Christina is an incredibly hard worker,” ACHS Principal Amanda Hipp said. “She cares about the students and works hard to help them create a plan for graduation and what they will do next. She is excited to bring new learning opportunities to our students and teachers.”

According to the release, a student stated Pennington has helped them through many problems. The unnamed student said Pennington is outgoing and very understanding, adding there is no problem in which Pennington can not help students.

Pennington began her career with Ashe County Schools in 1999. She was assigned to the Ashe Middle to teach eighth grade math. She was then transferred to the high school in 2006, teaching math until 2017 when she accepted her current position.

Pennington has served in the offices of State Secretary and Western Region Vice President of High School for North Carolina Council of Teacher of Mathematics. She was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and she has spent multiple summers providing math professional development across the state of North Carolina.

In her portfolio, Pennington said, “I began the process of honoring our future graduates by painting “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” on a hallway wall and adding pictures of seniors celebrating career and college plans for graduation. My intention is to help younger students to identify with some of these seniors to start thinking about where they plan to be after high school.”

By working closely with the ASU Gear Up team, she has reworked the computer lab at the high school to become a STEAM Lab for students to utilize next school year, according to the release.

“Mrs. Pennington is the happiest person in our school system, and it is due to her love and dedication to all our students,” colleague Brian Hampton said.

ABOUT THE AWARD

A fairly new recognition for ACS, the school system wants to promote the profession of support service and supervisory personnel by recognizing, rewarding and supporting the district’s outstanding employees that go above and beyond in their area of expertise, according to the release.

The nominees are selected by each school’s teachers. The nominees submitted a portfolio and completed a face-to-face interview. Nominees for the Support Staff/Supervisory Employee of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year were: Christina Pennington, Curriculum Coordinator/Graduation Coach at Ashe County High School; Gordon Prince, Assistant Principal at Ashe County Middle; Amanda Bloomer, School Counselor, at Westwood Elementary, School Nurse at Mountain View Elementary; and Tammy Craine, School Nurse at Blue Ridge Elementary.

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