2020 Southeast Region Principal and Teacher of the Year

Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/8/2020 12:00:00 PM

Daniel Scott and Deborah Hoffman were recognized at the October 2020 BOE meeting

Each year, the OCS Teacher of the Year Committee selects the district's teacher of the year. This committee includes the previous year's OCS Teacher of the Year, Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year, a community member and other district staff. The committee reviews portfolios of the educators selected as school-level teachers of the year, selects 10 semi-finalists for interviews, narrows that to five finalists for classroom observations, and from this group, names the OCS Teacher of the Year. 

In September 2019, Mr. Daniel Scott, the Swansboro High School band director, was selected as the 2019-2020 OCS Teacher of the Year. In his initial portfolio, Mr. Scott spoke of the important lessons he hops to pass on to his students both inside and outside of the classroom. He reflected on the impact Hurricane Florence had on the Swansboro area, and how his students came together to help others and demonstrated what it means to be a great member of the community. 

We would like to recognize and celebrate Mr. Scott's selection as the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Southeast Region Teacher of the Year. He was one of nine teachers from across North Carolina who were selected as the state's regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve. 

On July 10, Mr. Scott and the eight other regional teachers of the year were honored at a ceremony held in Raleigh at the Umstead Hotel. 

Congratulations to Mr. Daniel Scott on being the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Southeast Teacher of the Year! 

We are also very excited to recognize Deborah Hoffman, principal of Jacksonville Commons Elementary School. 

On October 9, Ms. Hoffman found out she was the 2019-2020 OCS Principal of the Year. She was called to the JCE multi-purpose room and greeted by cheering staff, students and district administrators, and then led a parade around the school where she received congratulations from all the students and staff. 

Ms. Hoffman has been an administrator in OCS for nine years and has spent the last four as a principal of JCE, where her staff say she has created an all new culture for the school. 

As part of her initial nomination, Donna Chadwick, JCS assistant principal, said that Ms. Hoffman encourages her staff to grow as educators and pushes students to achieve success through the AVID program. This includes building relationships with families and providing resources for the large percentage of JCE students who experience poverty. 

In January, Ms. Hoffman was named as the 2020 Wells Fargo North Carolina Southeast Region Principal of the Year. She joined eight other regional winners to be considered for North Carolina Principal of the Year. 

On August 28, Ms. Hoffman and the eight other regional principals of the year were honored at a ceremony held in Raleigh. 

Congratulations to Ms. Debora Hoffman on being the 2020 Wells Fargo North Carolina Southeast Region Principal of the Year!