Dunn Chamber presents May Golden Apple Awards

Teachers recognized at area schools

For the Record
Posted 5/7/21

The Education Committee of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the Golden Apple Award recipients for May.

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Dunn Chamber presents May Golden Apple Awards

Teachers recognized at area schools

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The Education Committee of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the Golden Apple Award recipients for May.

They are:

  • Jeanne Adams at Harnett Primary School
  • Maria Schlabaugh at Wayne Avenue Elementary
  • Roderick Bouknight at Dunn Middle School
  • Autumn Byrd at Triton High School

The Golden Apple Award is a chamber program to help recognize the efforts of standout teachers in the Dunn area schools. Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students are encouraged to nominate an outstanding teacher currently teaching full time at a Dunn area public or private school, which is an active member of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce.

Harnett Primary School

Jeanne Adams is an English as a second language (ESL) teacher at Harnett Primary School. Dunn Chamber Executive Vice President Heather Lawson and Harnett Primary Principal Calvetta Dunkins made the presentation.

Adams was nominated by colleague Leonardo Castaneda. The nomination stated, “She is an amazing teacher and colleague. She is always willing to help with enthusiasm and love.”

Wayne Avenue Elementary

Maria Schlabaugh is a fourth- and fifth-grade guidance counselor at Wayne Avenue Elementary School. Dunn Chamber Executive Vice President Heather Lawson and Wayne Avenue Elementary School Principal Yvette Carson made the presentation.

Schlabaugh was nominated by co-worker Melissa Stevens. The nomination stated, “Mrs. Schlabaugh serves as a guidance counselor for our fourth- and fifth-grade students. She greets staff and students with a warm smile each day. Her welcoming, friendly personality has encouraged students with guidance needs to be comfortable building trustworthy relationships with her. She provides counseling to students both individually and in group settings, meeting each student’s individual needs best. She has creative ideas that contributes to being able to gain students attention in diverse ways.

“Mrs. Schlabaugh has led other programs outside of the regular guidance classes; some of these include weekly Backpack Buddy distribution, Drug/Alcohol prevention campaign, Toys for Tots annual distribution, child abuse awareness/PBIS and Kindness Week. Mrs. Schlabuagh serves on MTSS and SIT committees, while serving as the 504 coordinator for the school. Outside of the school day activities, she helps families connect with needed resources to improve their quality of living. Mrs. Schlabaugh is well liked and respected among students and staff.”

Dunn Middle School

Roderick Bouknight is a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Dunn Middle School. Dunn Chamber Executive Vice President Heather Lawson and Dunn Middle School Principal Dr. Janet Doffermyre made the presentation.

Bouknight’s nomination stated, “I would like to nominate Roderick Bouknight for the Golden Apple Award. This is Mr. Bouknight’s first year at Dunn Middle and his second-year teaching. He has created a safe and energetic classroom environment for his students. When you walk into his room, you will see the students engaged throughout the lesson; even his remote learners are participating. Mr. Bouknight encourages all his students to give their very best every day. He goes above and beyond to make each social studies lesson come alive. Mr. Bouknight is very deserving of this award and a great addition to the Dunn Middle family.”

Triton High School

Autumn Byrd is a ninth- through 12th-grade credit recovery teacher at Triton High School. Dunn Chamber Executive Vice President Heather Lawson made the presentation.

Mrs. Byrd was nominated by THS Assistant Principal Dawn Manship. The nomination stated, “It is my honor to nominate Autumn Byrd for the Dunn Chamber Golden Apple Award. Mrs. Byrd is our credit recovery teacher at Triton and is a dedicated member of our team. She has a passion for teaching and loves her students. Mrs. Byrd is enthusiastic and always has a smile on her face. She is nurturing and is always willing to help her students in any way, at the same time also holding them to high expectations. Mrs. Byrd also works throughout the day with students who may be struggling in core content areas, providing them with tutoring and additional support. She definitely goes above and beyond with her credit recovery students, as well as the students she tutors. Mrs. Byrd is definitely a valued and appreciated member of our Triton Hawk family, and most deserving of the Golden Apple Award.” 

For more information about the awards or the Education Committee of the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce, call the chamber office at 910-892-4113 or visit www.DunnChamber.com.

 

 

 

 

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