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LOMES’ Carol Forrest honored as Regional Teacher of the Year

by Curtis Hayes, Director of Communications

Carol Forrest, exceptional children’s teacher at Long Mill Elementary School, was honored on Tuesday, December 17th for earning North Carolina’s North Central Regional Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her 42 years of dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve.

 “After 42 years, she is still excited about teaching. We need that!” said Dr. Rhonda Schuhler, superintendent of Franklin County Schools. “She is passionate. She has a heart for all students, and she is always learning. This is a welcome honor. I am so excited for her and for Franklin County Schools!”

Forrest’s accomplishments and title of regional champ qualify her to compete for the title of 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is Franklin County Schools's most recent Teacher of the Year.

 “Only nine teachers will represent the 100,000 teachers across North Carolina,” said Mariah Morris, the 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year from Moore County. “This is a huge honor not just for her, but for everyone here in this room.”

The mission of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program is to promote the profession through advocacy and support while recognizing outstanding teaching professionals who are implementing best practices in classrooms across North Carolina.

“One thing we learned quickly is that Ms. Forrest does everything with love. We saw that in her classroom,” said Katie Eddings, 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Central Teacher of the Year from Lee County. “I remember one student saying she makes my heart happy. That’s the kind of teacher I want my daughter to have.”

“She believes in each one of her students,” Morris added. “She sees their potential, and she doesn’t overlook anyone’s capabilities.”

Windy Edwards is director of the exceptional children’s program with Franklin County Schools. She said Ms. Forrest always sees the best in every student.

Carrla Perry, is the exceptional children’s chairperson at Long Mill Elementary School.

“I truly believe that people are put in our paths for a reason,” Perry said. “Ms. Forrest was put in our path here at Long Mill to make us all better teachers, better people and to touch the lives of our students. I have always believed that Carol Forrest is the best!”

Ms. Perry said some of the words she would use to describe Ms. Forrest include the following ones: thought provoking, honest, knowledgeable, generous, passionate, kind, determined, relentless, enthusiastic, well-spoken, versatile, creative, intelligent, sensitive and very competitive.”

“Teachers, I just want to say to all of you that you are the best of us,” Forrest said. “You are the ones who make a difference every day in the lives of kids.”


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