GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Schools (GCS) is set to recognize its top educators and schools on Thursday at a special "Celebration of Excellence" award ceremony.

The ceremony is made possible from funding by the Guilford Education Alliance and will take place at Grimsley High School at 5:30 p.m.

Awards for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, and Rosalyn Tanner Orr Mentor of the Year will all be given out at the ceremony.

In addition, there will also be awards for schools that experienced the highest growth and highest graduation rates.

According to a release from GCS, student groups from Southwest High, Eastern High, Jones Elementary, Mendenhall Middle, Ragsdale High, and Gibsonville Elementary will also be participating in the celebration.

Check out the nominees below!

Principal of the Year

  • Arlisa Armond, Southwest Middle
  • Ron Luciano, Jones Elementary
  • Erik Naglee, Page High
  • Loretta Rowland-Kitley, Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown
  • Christopher Scott, Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary

Teacher of the Year

  • Ricardo Bernal, Swann Middle
  • Coshenda Clark, Johnson Street Global Studies
  • Liliana Jordanov, Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Lindsey Nail, Jesse Wharton Elementary
  • Tammy White, Kiser Middle

Rosalyn Tanner Orr Mentor of the Year

  • Laura Arberg, Smith High
  • Ricardo Bernal, Swann Middle
  • Suzanne Harmon, Bessemer Elementary
  • Lauren Jackson, Herbin-Metz Education Center
  • Lindsey Nail, Jesse Wharton Elementary

Rookie Teacher of the Year

  • Amanda Holt, Weaver Academy
  • Ashley Gammon, Oak View Elementary
  • Kavaughn Brown, Mendenhall Middle
  • Harris Lennon, McLeansville Elementary

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