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Angel McCray receives 2014 Hoyt Q. Bailey Agape Award

posted Nov 16, 2014, 6:48 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 10:14 AM ]
The CCS Educational Foundation honored Angel McCray with the 2014 Agape Award for elementary and intermediate schools on Nov. 13 at the Hoyt Q. Bailey Agape program held at the LeGrand Center. The award includes a $500 cash prize and is given annually by the Foundation to a teacher who motivates and creates opportunities for student success. Other finalists were Dawn Price of Kings Mountain Intermediate and Natalie Conner of Springmore Elementary, who each received $250 cash grants.

Foundation President Dr. George Litton read nominations for each finalist before announcing Mrs. McCray as the Agape Award recipient. 

"The Hoyt Bailey Agape Awards recognize our teachers that go the extra mile to meet the needs of all our students," says Litton.  "Many students have benefited from the true love and concern of caring teachers,it is fitting that we can recognize this important factor in education."

He also recognized these teachers as nominees for the Agape Award from their schools and presented each with a certificate:

  • Tracy Smith – Bethware Elementary
  • Angela Ramsey – Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Rhonda Cook – Casar Elementary
  • Charlie Randall – East Elementary
  • Miranda Spangler – Fallston Elementary
  • Angel McCray – Grover Elementary
  • Jennifer Bridges – James Love Elementary
  • Laura Rucker – Jefferson Elementary
  • Dawn Price – Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • Margaret “Becky” Seidel – Marion Elementary
  • Shi Whisnant – North Shelby School
  • Nicole Smith – North Elementary
  • Kimberle Lee – Shelby Intermediate
  • Natalie Conner – Springmore Elementary
  • Tonya Pruitt – Township Three Elementary
  • Jeannie Brittain – Washington Elementary
  • Heather Stevenson – West Elementary
Middle and high school Agape nominees will be honored later this school year.

About the  Winner (Information provided by Grover Elementary friends and colleagues)
Angel McCray is a teacher who puts students first in every decision she makes. When a new class of students enters her doorway, she is ready and eager to pour herself into each child in an effort to instill in them a love for learning, a quest for growing knowledge, an awareness of themselves and the world around them, and a desire to be the best they can be. As a kindergarten teacher she understands the vital importance of creating a classroom conducive to learning so the five year olds entrusted to her care can take flight and develop basic skills on which their future education can be built.

Angel’s classroom is warm and welcoming. She greets students, parents, and staff with a genuine smile and honest concern for each. Students feel safe and secure in the educational setting, ready to try new tasks and experience the creative learning activities prepared for them. Not only does Angel express love for her children, she also quickly relays to them her high expectations for learning. Her daily procedures help her students build independence and responsibility. Instruction is designed to address the appropriate developmental levels of her littlest learners as she builds foundational skills needed for academic success. Time on task for learning is important to Angel, and she does not waste a minute. Students in her class feel the love she has for them and are motivated to perform to her expectations.

Not only does Angel demonstrate a high level of competency with her skills as a teacher, she is attuned to meet the multiple needs of her children in regard to social, physical, and emotional needs. She has developed classroom practices that help her children, many who have never been in a group setting, learn to get along with others. Using centers and small group instruction, Angel trains students to interact positively with peers, increase interpersonal skills, and explore their environment. Angel’s love for children shines through in all of her interactions with them!