West Alexander Middle School teacher Amanda Simpson and Alexander Central High School teacher and coach Ed Wills are named among several teachers in the Rack Room Shoes Teacher of the Year competition.
Once the votes are counted, five schools will win a $ 10,000 technology grant and teachers will also win a $ 500 gift card.
The person who nominated Simpson for the award said, “Ms. Simpson is an amazing teacher and human. She was one of the first people I met when I moved to North Carolina. She went out of her way to make me feel comfortable, loved and safe in my new school. She loves and treats all of her students with respect and inspires us to be more than we ever thought possible. Her love and dedication doesn’t stop once we leave her classroom. She continues to monitor us and support us in all of our efforts. I never would have done [it] through a move and Covid without it.
Simpson is currently among the top vote recipients.
Wills’ nominee said, “Coach Ed Wills has been named the 2020 Alexander County Schools Teacher of the Year. My two sons had him as a civic education and AP government teacher. While he excels on the basketball court as an awesome coach, he exceeds expectations in the classroom with thoughtful discussions. My sons come home from school and still have something they learned that they wanted to discuss with me. They both think of Coach Wills’ world, and so do I. He is very worthy of this honor!