2019 Math Teachers of the Year
2019 Math Teachers of the Year
Posted on 10/04/2018
This collage shows Ashely Pace with her students on the left and Elliot Lunsford with his colleagues on the right.Each year, Buncombe County Schools recognizes an outstanding Math Teacher of the Year with an award given by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in partnership with the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Nominated by their principals and then invited to respond to prompts, they are selected by a panel of peers after anonymous review of their responses. This award alternates every other year between elementary and secondary.

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his year, our panel identified outstanding math teachers at both the middle and high school levels and chose to recognize two BCS Math Teachers of the Year. Mr. Elliot Lunsford is our 2019 Secondary Math Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Ashley Pace is our 2019 Middle School Math Teacher of the Year. Mr. Lunsford will officially represent BCS at the upcoming State Math Conference in Greensboro.


ELLIOT LUNSFORD

Charles D. Owen High School math teacher Elliot Lunsford got a big surprise on Wednesday.

During a staff meeting in the school’s media center, BCS Central Office staff and Principal Meg Turner announced that Lunsford is the 2019 Secondary Math Teacher of the Year.

“I’m really proud and thankful to be recognized for this,” Lunsford said. “But it’s really our whole department that makes a difference. We collaborate every week on a formal basis, and we get to know each other outside of school. Those relationships help us work together to make a stronger program for our students.”

Turner said Lunsford takes a “dedicated” and “tireless” approach to teaching.

“He is a collaborator, a questioner, a risk-taker, and a man of high ethical standards,” she said. “His students show very strong growth under his facilitation. He is a leader in our building inside and outside the classroom. We are indeed fortunate to call him a Warhorse.”

ASHLEY PACE

At Enka Middle School, Ms. Ashley Pace’s seventh-grade math students were studiously discussing graphs when an entourage of staff clutching flowers, balloons, and cameras suddenly entered the room. Ms. Pace looked over her shoulder and blushed as math coach Leigha Jordan addressed her students.

“Can you give us some of the reasons Ms. Pace is such an amazing math teacher?” She asked.

“She helps us out,” one student replied.

“She never gives up on you,” said another.

Students continued to shout out their reasons, agreeing that their teacher is a wonderful person, full of kindness, and eager to help them learn. It was then that math specialist Stefanie Buckner, standing next to Ms. Jordan and other administrators, revealed the reason for the visit: Ashley Pace was chosen as the 2019 Middle School Math Teacher of the Year!

Buckner explained that it was because of Ms. Pace’s efforts to create an an interactive environment where students can discuss math, solve problems, and build confidence that she was chosen for this honor.

Before leaving, one staff person announced, “You have the best math teacher in the county!”

Ms. Pace smiled and said softly, “I have the best students.”
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