Rocky Mount, NC: North Carolina Wesleyan College graduate Amanda Lewis Evans teaches third grade at G.W. Bulluck Elementary School in Edgecombe County. In an exciting announcement at the opening event for the current school year, the district named Evans as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year.
Evans said, “I am truly honored by this award. My hope as an educator is to instill essential knowledge that my students can transfer to the real world.”
Evans grew up in the Rocky Mount area and attended Enfield Academy where she graduated as valedictorian. In 1999, she earned the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at NC Wesleyan College, graduating cum laude. “I had an awesome experience at Wesleyan,” she said. “I think what helped me the most was the feel of a small community that was created in most of my education classes… The teachers were the best! Their enthusiasm for teaching contributed to my enthusiasm for teaching.”
Since beginning her teaching career in 2000, Amanda Evans has earned a steady stream of accolades. Dedicated to her young students as her first priority, Evans has stretched to serve Bulluck School and the Edgecombe district in many ways. As the Professional Learning Community leader and a Reading 3D trainer for her school, she provided training for her co-workers in these essential areas. She served as the chair of the School Improvement Team and has attended monthly training sessions as the Data Co-Lead. In addition, she has developed curriculum pacing guides and ClassScape items for North Carolina State University.
In 2005, Evans achieved the prestigious National Board Certification. The certification process requires a great amount of thought, reflection, and time to prepare an extensive portfolio that evaluates teaching skills, instructional delivery, and professional development.
During the 2011-12 school year, Evans was selected to work closely with an education intern from East Carolina University. Due to her expert guidance, that former intern is now a colleague employed by the Edgecombe school district.
In reflecting on her days at NC Wesleyan, she said, “At the time, most of the elementary education majors had the same classes together. We were able to create a ‘family’ and work with each other on lessons, projects, etc. I am still able to stay in touch with some of my former classmates on Facebook.”
Evans expressed appreciation to her Wesleyan teachers saying, “Mrs. Fleming, Mr. Brooks, Mrs. Perry-Sheldon and Mrs. Stafford were so helpful to me in each of my methods classes. They provided feedback on my lesson plans and during the lessons that were observed. I see Mrs. Fleming and Mrs. Stafford from time to time.”
As Teacher of the Year from Edgecombe County, Evans will submit her credentials and a state level application to the NC Department of Public Instruction for consideration as the NC Teacher of the Year. She will participate in the selection process with candidates representing the other 114 school districts in North Carolina.
Evans and her husband Mark have two young sons, Tommy and Seth, who keep the family involved in many after-school activities. They are active members of the West Edgecombe Baptist Church.