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Carteret County Teachers In NC – Classroom Awards, Schools Information, Education

Information and data on Carteret County teachers in NC as it relates to local, state and national awards, schools information, classroom training and education, and anything else that we discover happening locally in the county educational system.

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Current Superintendent: Dr. Rob Jackson

Address: 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-4583 Phone | (252) 728-3028 Fax

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2020 / 2021 COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

The 2020 / 2021 school year begins on August 17th under Plan B which allows for local schools to operate at 50% capacity which will require 2 days a week of classroom instruction and 3 days of virtual learning. However, parents can choose Plan C which allows for students to receive 100% virtual instruction.

In this section, we are interested in hearing from local teachers in the Carteret County Schools on unique ways they are evolving with Coronavirus both in the classroom and through virtual learning.

County, State, And National Recognition

Jody Stouffer of Croatan High School was named the 2020 / 2021 teacher of the year.

2020/ 2021 school year teacher of the year nominees: Hadley Fulcher, 4th grade at Atlantic Elementary, Jennifer Sledge, 4th grade at Beaufort Elementary, Kristen Springle-Piner, art teacher at Beaufort Middle, Morgan Shaffer, kindergarten at Bogue Sound Elementary, Jill King, EC teacher at Bridges School, William Holloway, 8th grade social studies at Broad Creek Middle, Jenn Gardner, Pre-K at Carteret Preschool Center, Jody Stouffer, art teacher at Croatan High School, Charlotte Johnson, science at Down East Middle, Zack Davis, CTE marine trades at East Carteret High School, Linda Marino-Field, EC teacher at Harkers Island Elementary, Kendell Nifong, science at MaST Early College High School, Lynn Cohen, 5th grade at Morehead City Elementary, Eric DeGiule, 7th grade at Morehead City Middle, Stephanie Jones, 2nd grade at Morehead City Primary, Jill White, 2nd grade at Newport Elementary, Mark Sheehe, 8th grade social studies at Newport Middle, Staci Rhinehardt, 3rd grade at Smyrna Elementary, Deborah Belknap, theater arts at West Carteret High, and Jennifer James, kindergarten at White Oak Elementary. The winner will be chosen on August 14, 2020.

In this section we will publish local teachers who are nominated for, or who have received county, state, or national recognition. Information coming soon.

October 2020: Dr. Rob Jackson announced Ms. Katherine “Kelly” Huffman as the 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year. Ms. Huffman teaches agriculture education at Croatan High School and serves as a co-advisory for the school’s FFA Chapter.

July 2020: Brock Gerrity, an 8th grade English language arts teacher at Broak Creek Middle School, is one of 12 educators selected from applicants across North Carolina that participated in a professional development and curriculum fellowship program offered by UNC World View in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts

2019/2020 Teacher of the year award: Lindsey Howell of West Carteret High School.

2019 Exceptional Children Educator of Excellence Award: Ashley Schultz

2019: Elizabeth “Beth” Gillikin will represent NC as a recipient of the Presidential Awards For Mathematics and Science Teaching which is the highest award the US Government hands out to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. of mathematics, science, and computer science. Beth teaches 5th grade at Smyrna Elementary.

2019: Kent Pittman of the MaST Early College High School is one of three finalist for the Southeast Region Beginning Teacher of the Year award and will travel to Cullowee in December where the final decision will be made on the beginning teacher award. Kent Pittman is a graduate of East Carteret High School.

Local School Information

In this section we will post local school information as it relates to specific teaching techniques, awards, and other information at area primary, elementary, middle, and high schools.


According to the N.C. annual school performance grade accountability measurement in 2018-2019, 17 county school showed exceptional improvement.

State SAT and ACT scores show that our local public schools rank the third highest out of 115 traditional school for SAT and third in the state for ACT scores.

Area News


September 2020: The county school board along with Superintendent Jackson reached a decision to open local elementary schools in mid-October after Governor Roy Cooper’s executive decision to allow K-5 schools to operate under Plan A which is full-time 5 day a week in-class instruction. As a teacher, and using the discussion form below, tell us more about this decision and how you feel about it.

As it relates to Morehead City NC schools including Morehead Primary School, Morehead Elementary, Morehead Middle School, and West Carteret High School, tell us about exceptional teachers in these institutions who inspired, motivated, and guided your child through their educational years in Carteret County.

As it relates to Beaufort NC schools including Beaufort Elementary, Beaufort Middle School, and East Carteret High School, tell us about specific things going on that teachers are doing to help students achieve their education and prepare them for work or college.

As it relates to Newport NC schools including Newport Elementary, Bogue Sound Elementary School, Newport Middle, and Croatan High School, tell us about local teachers who have received outstanding awards and motivated your children to educational success.

At White Oak Elementary School in Cape Carteret NC, tell us about exceptional educators within the local system.

At down east schools in Harkers Island, Atlantic, and Smyrna, and relating to the elementary and middle schools in those locations, what challenges are educators in those institutions doing to help students succeed?

Tell us more about what is happening at Bridges School and the MaST Early College High School at the community college?

Tell us about outstanding educators in the county schools who work with exceptional children, students with disabilities, and students who require IEP instruction.

What are the requirements and process in becoming a substitute teacher within the local schools?

As a parent with a child who is a student, what classroom technology information and unique techniques local educators are using to help your student excel in his or her educational growth and outcomes?


January 2020 – Principal Carolyn Heller of Newport Middle School has announced her retirement from the Carteret County School System effective February 29, 2020 ending 42 years of service to education in the county. Principal Heller served at Newport Middle School since 2018, and was the principal at West Carteret High School for 11 years. Prior to that, she was the assistant principal at West from 2003-2007.

November 8, 2019 – Governor Roy Cooper has vetoed two bills that addressed pay increases saying that the proposed 3.9% increase over two years is “paltry” and sent this issue back to NC legislators asking for an increase.

October 2019 – The following teachers recently received Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative grants via their Bright Ideas Grants. Local educators had until September to submit their proposals to CCEC and then were awarded the grants the week of October 21-23. Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative gave out $23, 316 awards between Carteret County and Craven County.

Educators in the county who received these grants for special projects and learning tools are as follows:

Atlantic Elementary School: Mary Immekus for her “Dashed Into Learning” project. Deidre Arthur for the “Weather Station Informed” bright idea.

Beaufort Middle School: Peter Carraway, Hank Marshall and Hannah Whichard for their “Smart Skillz” project.

Broad Creek Middle School: Megan Pinkerton for her “Telling our Story: Student Journalism and Broadcasting” idea. Rebecca Haines for “Take My Single-cellphie.”

Croatan High School: William Sutton and Katherine Huffman for “FFA Robotic Tech.”

East Carteret High School: Kate Jayne for “An Exceptionally Sense-sational Space.”

Morehead City Elementary School: Terri Riley and team for “Beyond Battle of the Books.”

Morehead City Middle School: Charles for his “Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle 3.0.” project.

Newport Elementary School: Emily Golightly for her “Finding Ourselves in Folktales, Fables and Fairy Tales” bright ideas.

Newport Middle: Amanda McCall for “Let Your Voices Be Heard!”

Smyrna Elementary: Dawn Simpson for “One School, One Book.” and Beth Gillikin for “Makerspace for Education.”

Tiller School: Annie for “Tiller School Community Garden.”; Carrie Huber and Jill Plitko for “Building STEAM!”

White Oak Elementary School: Marie Foxworth for “The Podcast Playground.”

October 2019 – The Senate GOP and Governor Roy Cooper are locked in a debate over pay increases based on experience. Last month, the Governor vetoed a budget bill that raised experience based pay by 4%, but Governor Cooper wants that increased to 8%.

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Michael Sharp

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One thought on “Carteret County Teachers In NC – Classroom Awards, Schools Information, Education

  • May 6, 2021 at 6:21 am

    I just can’t thank these professionals enough on how they went above the call of duty to keep our children safe during the past 2 years. In many cases, they worked tirelessly do temperature checks, assuring students wore masks and did social distancing. Many were tasked with virtual learning only while others worked with students in both the virtual and in classroom. School drop offs in the mornings were especially hard as all incoming kids had to be screened, and I am sure many other improvisions took place behind the scenes to address safety.

    Again, I can’t thank you enough.


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