|By David Broyles, The Mount Airy News, N.C.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The honor comes in Cave's sixth year of teaching and marks the first Career and Technology Education teacher to be named to the award. She said she has been a nurse for 22 years and is a Surry Central graduate.
"I graduated on a Friday and started nursing school on Tuesday," said Cave. She served in the labor and delivery areas of
Cave explained she was inspired by Surry Central teacher
"When this position (at SCHS) opened up it was something I just knew I wanted to do," Cave said. She also credited English teacher
The CTE side of her live experiences also made an impact on Cave who champions business and industry partnerships to give students real life experience outside a classroom.
"Not every kid is meant to go to college," said Cave. "I don't discourage this, but I feel sometimes the students who are left out are the ones who are told it's a four-year college or nothing. My students can work with the school and
Another goal Cave feels strongly about is inspiring students to love their school, community and encourage them to come back, with loyalty to tradition ranking high on her list. She said the TOY award is not a static honor but signals a teacher's continuing collaboration with other TOYs.
"This is an opportunity to see what other Teachers of the Year are doing that works and bring it back to our schools," Cave said. "I am so honored to represent
Principal of the Year Sandra Scott will quickly tell anyone a major part of her story and being named POY has been God's blessings. The cancer survivor has come through the experience and gained an appreciation of the "chance to get up every morning and make a difference in the lives of people."
She has worked in a variety of positions in both
"I have learned every day is a gift and so is working in the
Scott said the POY community is also a collaborative group helping to make leadership more meaningful and said county principals act as a resource group for each other in spite of friendly competition between themselves. The award, for Scott, is validation of her personal mission statement which she wrote in college.
The statement stated her focus to "intervene with purpose in the lives of others with Scott giving respect to students will inspire them to return it.
"I want to inspire other people to have a dream and go for it," Scott said. "This success is not mine. It's all of the people who have supported me and are around me. It's their success."
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