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Heather Stevenson Receives Vehicle Makeover from "Rubber Meets the Road" Award

posted May 25, 2016, 8:19 AM by Cleveland County Schools
Heather Stevenson is a leader in her job and the school environment, according to Heather Pagan, principal of West Elementary.

Mrs. Stevenson, a fourth-grade teacher at West who has been teaching for over 14 years, was chosen by Clark Tire Co. as a recipient of its “Rubber Meets the Road” award. She is the fifth Cleveland County Schools teacher to be recognized by Clark Tire for dedication to her students and school. Twice during the school year, company officials choose teachers recommended by their principals for going that extra mile for their students.

“We just wanted to give back to somebody who takes care of our kids all year long,” said Brian Mobley, general manager of Kings Mountain's Clark Tire. “What better people to choose from than our teachers?”

The award involved a makeover for Mrs. Stevenson’s 2005 Chevrolet Suburban that included a platinum service maintenance package, brake repair, new tires, shock replacement, new windshield wipers, a new keyless entry device, and much more. She was completely surprised to find out she had been nominated and selected.

“I was so incredibly humbled and appreciative of all they did,” Mrs. Stevenson said. “Living on a teacher’s salary means you have to prioritize where you spend money, and my vehicle was usually at the bottom of the list.”

Mobley said choosing a winner comes down to two aspects: the skills of the teacher and the need of repair to their vehicle.

“When we went to her classroom to visit, you could just see how happy her kids were for her and how much they loved her,” Mobley said. “That proved we picked the right person.”

Mrs. Pagan said Mrs. Stevenson was selected because of her proven track record of student success and her positive rapport with colleagues.

"Mrs. Stevenson goes above and beyond to meet student needs socially, academically, and emotionally," said Mrs. Pagan. “She does not allow any type of barrier to stand in the way of a child’s academic success."

The “unveiling” of her newly repaired vehicle was at the company’s Kings Mountain store with a brief ceremony led by Clark Tire officials.

“The gift that Clark Tire and Advanced Auto Parts gave to me was truly a blessing, and I cannot say how very much I appreciate all they did for me and my family,” Mrs. Stevenson said.

Clark Tire also similarly honors teachers in Lincoln, Catawba, and Gaston counties. Previous local winners are Jessica Hensley of East Elementary, Eliza Cook of Fallston Elementary, Tandra Ramsey of Grover Elementary, and Ryan Etheridge of Burns High.

See below for downloadable event photos.

Rubber Meets the Road