Teacher of the Year, Ashley West, on stage holding a golden apple trophy

“I’m a product of ABSS schools. I was that troubled little girl in school who, thankfully, had teachers rally around me to point me in the right direction. That’s what inspired me to return to this community after living in Louisiana to teach and give back."

- Teacher of the Year: Ashley West, Hillcrest Elementary

Dr. Julie Hancock, ABSS Principal of the Year holding Golden Apple Trophy in front of a burgundy ABSS background

"I enjoy working in the community where I grew up. It’s also an honor to lead an amazing group of educators and work alongside our Smith families. Together, we have created a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters academic excellence and personal growth.”

- Principal of the Year: Dr. Julie Hancock, Smith Elementary

Debra Sparks holding flowers and a golden apple award

“Through 19 years of dedication to Alamance Burlington Schools, I've learned that the true joy in education lies in the meaningful interactions with students and their families. It's not just a career; it's a calling, and I'm grateful for every moment,"

- Assistant Principal of the Year: Debra Sparks