Physical Education Teacher Named Top Educator

Physical Education Teacher Named Top Educator
Posted on 09/30/2021

Anthony Dalton, Teacher of the YearAnthony Dalton of Jefferson Elementary has been recognized at the 2021 Cleveland County Schools Teacher of the Year. Dalton was honored for his educational efforts during an outdoor ceremony at the Venue at Turkey Ridge, a brand-new event location in Cleveland County.

The two runner-up finalists for Teacher of the Year included Beverly Owens of Cleveland Early College and Casey Whisnant of Township Three Elementary. Each received $250 from David and Marie Brinkley.

“Am I the most deserving? Absolutely not, in my mind,” said Dalton, humbly. “However, I am so excited to get to carry the torch and tell everyone about the amazing educators of Cleveland County Schools. This is certainly one of my most cherished accomplishments.”

Mr. Dalton received a yearlong membership to the YMCA, $100 from the Cleveland County Chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators, a trip to the Ron Clark Academy from Laughlin Furniture Outlet, a beautiful glass award commemorating the recognition, and $5,000 from David and Marie Brinkley.

“We are so very excited to have Mr. Dalton representing Cleveland County Schools as the 2021 Teacher of the Year,” said Greg Shull, local Teacher of the Year program coordinator. “His passion for kids and education is highly evident.”


About the 2021 Teacher of the Year

Mr. Dalton is from Cleveland County - born and raised – and a graduate of Kings Mountain High and Western Carolina University. His resilience and persistence paid off tremendously as he has worked through school positions finally landing his dream job he so very much desired as a physical education teacher at Jefferson Elementary. Mr. Dalton has been at Jefferson for eight years where he says he gets to be a teacher in an amazing community.

Congratulations to the following as the school-level Teacher of the Year winners:

  • Tonya Owens, Bethware Elementary
  • Tiffany Smith, Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Tracy Gardo, Burns High
  • Laura Alston, Burns Middle
  • Lisa Hudson, Casar Elementary
  • Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College
  • Jessica Brunson, Crest High
  • Heather Parker, Crest Middle
  • Erika Melton, East Elementary
  • Kimberly Devine, Fallston Elementary
  • YKeiah Lawrence, Graham Elementary
  • Jennifer Blanton, Grover Elementary
  • Melinda Young, James Love Elementary
  • Anthony Dalton, Jefferson Elementary
  • Trisha Mahoney, Kings Mountain High
  • Kalisa Norman, Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • Kevin Moss, Kings Mountain Middle
  • Steve McCachren, Marion Elementary
  • Johnna Wyte, North Elementary
  • Meghan Schletty, North Shelby
  • Christie Morgan, Shelby High
  • Anna Love, Shelby Intermediate
  • Christy Hamrick, Shelby Middle
  • Lisa Smith, Springmore Elementary
  • Casey Whisnant, Township Three Elementary
  • Ann Caldwell, Turning Point Academy
  • Leslie Webb, Union Elementary
  • Jessica Gauvreau, Washington Elementary
  • Amber Neill, West Elementary