11/20/11 Hawfields teacher earns excellence award

Hawfields teacher earns excellence award
The Times-News 11/20/11     
Reprinted with permission.

   Hawfields Middle School teacher Patricia Winslow has been named a 2011 N.C. Department of Public Instruction Teacher of Excellence for Exceptional Children.

   Winslow’s achievement is based on excellence in the classroom. It was announced at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children’s Conference held in Greensboro.

   She is a 10-year veteran instructor at Hawfields Middle and is certified to teach math, language arts and exceptional children. Winslow holds National Board Certification and was selected as Teacher of the Year for Hawfields and a semi-finalist for the MidCarolina Bank Excellence in Education Award in 2010.

   Hawfields principal Amy Walker cited several reasons for Winslow’s nomination for the Teacher of Excellence Award.    “She is an advocate for all of our exceptional children and is the driving force behind our schoolwide intervention program, striving for excellence in everything she does,” Walker said.

   Bill Hussey, executive director for the Alamance-Burlington School System’s Exceptional Children’s Department, also commented on Winslow in a letter of recommendation for the award.

   “Each year, she tutors students after school and over the summer to ensure they have every opportunity to learn and understand the course content,” he said. “She also organizes extracurricular activities to assist her students and their families in learning how to participate in healthy community-based activities.”