HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2017) — Carly Allman, a science teacher at East Henderson High School, was named Henderson County Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year on Friday at the Teacher of the Year luncheon sponsored by Park Ridge Health at the Hendersonville Country Club.
Like all 23 nominees from each elementary, middle and high school, Allman was nominated by her peers for the designation of her school’s Teacher of the Year. Following extensive interviews with a selection committee comprised of an administrator, parent, board member and the previous teacher of the year, Allman was selected to represent Henderson County Public Schools as its 2017 Teacher of the Year.
When Chief Human Resources Officer Scott Rhodes introduced the HCPS Teacher of the Year on Friday, he said, “We’ve all heard the saying, ‘People don’t care about what you know until they know you care.’ This HCPS Teacher of the Year personifies these words each and every day. She is focused on building strong relationship with her students, instilling mutual trust and respect. And her love of science and her love of students have created the perfect recipe for student success.”
Allman gave credit to her mentors, many of them who were other teachers or administrators in the room, “for instilling in me the importance of loving your subject, but also having that personal connection with the kids.”
In addition to a plaque, $1,000 from Park Ridge Health, an all-expense paid trip to a state education conference, and a Teacher of the Year class ring by Jostens, Allman received a warm welcome from her students and fellow teachers when she arrived back on campus Friday. Students stood along the school’s track with handmade congratulatory signs, flower bouquets and Eagle green balloons for Allman, who was escorted to the football field by Principal Carl Taylor.
“She’s such an amazing person,” said Michelle Huerta, a senior in Allman’s anatomy class. “She’s an inspiration to me and I love her so much.”
“I’m very proud of Carly and I’m honored to work with her,” said Meghan Hare, a co-teacher in Allman’s classroom. “I’ve learned so much from her that I’m going to use in my own classroom.”