2018 BCS Teacher of the Year
2018 BCS Teacher of the Year
Posted on 09/28/2017

By: Stacia Harris, Director of Communications

It was all about celebrating BCS teachers Wednesday night! Elizabeth Love, a 9th grade English teacher at A.C. Reynolds High School has been selected as the 2018 Buncombe County Teacher of the Year! The announcement was made at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet held at Celine & Co. in downtown Asheville. Tammy Jones and Kipper Schauer, hosts of The Morning Mix with Tammy and Kipper on Mix 96.5, served as the emcees of the event.

“I was recognized as Teacher of the Year by a crowd of amazing teachers, first at A.C. Reynolds High School, then from around the whole county,” Love said. “I'm honored that they see in me something powerful that embodies what we all do every day.”

Love graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School and is excited to be back teaching at her alma mater, in the same 9th grade honors English classroom where she was a student!

“My husband and I have been involved in the Buncombe County Schools system as students, parents, and teachers. I am proud to represent ALL of the passionate teachers who give their best to the kids of this county every day,” said Love.

In addition to teaching, Love is committed to supporting Manna Foodbank and organizes an annual food drive with the help of dozens of A.C. Reynolds students. She hopes this important event teaches her students important lessons such as good citizenship.

Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin announced Love as the 2018 BCS Teacher of the Year at Wednesday’s banquet.

“Every year, we honor our exceptional teachers- what a difficult task to select just one,” said Baldwin. “Love is an amazing educator who finds a way to connect her students to all types of literature. She creates a fun and engaging environment for her students. She is most deserving of this honor.”

Love now competes for the title of Western Region Teacher of the Year and then will move into the North Carolina Teacher of the Year selection process, should she win the regional competition.

“I love spending time with young people, and I love English. I get to combine those loves each day, and I'm thankful. Being recognized for being a good teacher just gives me something new to be thankful for,” said Love.

Love was announced as a finalist for the honor along with six other District Teachers of the Year for 2017 at the September 7 Board of Education meeting. The other district winners are Jesse Quigley, Avery’s Creek Elementary; Terri Downing, Johnston Elementary; Ryan McCormick, Owen Middle; Vickie Fender, Sand Hill-Venable Elementary; Cynthia Roop, Weaverville Elementary; and Gregory Tucker, Discovery Academy.

Each year the BCS Teacher of the Year Committee awards an outstanding teacher the Ruth Henderson Award, which recognizes an altruistic teacher whose light shines for every student and gives of themselves unselfishly. This year’s recipient announced at the banquet, is Brandi Fleckenstein, a teacher at North Windy Ridge Intermediate School.

The selection process for the Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year includes a portfolio, interviews, classroom observations, and a prepared speech presentation.


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