SHELBY - Washington Elementary School teacher Erika Sigmon was as surprised as anyone when Cleveland County Schools named its Teacher of the Year at its annual convocation ceremony Thursday afternoon at Gardner-Webb University.
Sigmon's introduction started not with her
name, but with her
"I thought that a lot of people could have gone to UNC-Charlotte
, so I wasn't sure it was me," Sigmon
By the time the introduction included her
"It's wonderful to be recognized like this for doing something I like to do every day," Sigmon
said.Certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Sigmon is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is currently a graduate student there.
Sigmon lives with her
husband, David, in Cherryville.She
is entering her
eighth year in the classroom - teaching first grade this year, but she
also has taught kindergarten and second grades.A former teacher at Fallston Elementary
, this is her
third year at Washington Elementary.
As teacher of the year, Sigmon
received $1,000 and the Ben Craig Outstanding Educator Award.The award is sponsored by Wachovia and John Forgan, Cleveland-Rutherford market president for the company, presented Sigmon with the award.
For the fourth year Keeter Ford Lincoln Mercury also honored the teacher of the year by providing Sigmon
with a 2008 Ford Fusion.
The Cleveland County YMCA also awarded a year's membership to Sigmon
, and Education Station has provided gift certificates to teachers of the year from all schools and a $100 gift certificate to the countywide teacher of the year.