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Renise Ford-Pulliam of Southern Middle School named 2020-2021 Person County Schools Beginning Teacher of Excellence



Ms. Ford-Pulliam and Dr. Wilson and Dr. Peterson


Renise Ford-Pulliam, an eighth grade science teacher at Southern Middle School, was named Person County Schools’ Beginning Teacher of Excellence on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ford-Pulliam follows Jeff Jennings, CTE Teacher at Person High School, in receiving this honor.  Renise Ford-Pulliam has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Winston-Salem State University.

Renise shared, “I am so honored to have been chosen to represent PCS as the 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of Excellence.  Being presented with this award has brought about a lot of excitement and motivation; along with some tears! I hope to shine a light on the importance of building student relationships and striving to always be your best. A special thank you to my mentors, colleagues, and students for an amazing experience during my first year.  Students are the calm in the educational network.  I will cherish being awarded this honor for a lifetime. Thank you PCS & SMS!” 

Dr. Melody Wilson, Principal of Southern Middle School, stated, “Renise is always positive and she encourages all who come into contact with her.  She genuinely cares about all students and their success.  In her classroom, she engages students through her energy and excitement about science.  Renise has already earned a high level of respect from both her students and her colleagues.  We look forward to seeing how she will continue to change the world of education!”

Ms. Ford-Pulliam received a monetary token of appreciation, funds to purchase classroom supplies, a plaque, and will go on to compete with the other Beginning Teachers of the Year at the state level.

School-level winners were nominated by their administrators for demonstrating outstanding performance as a first-year teacher.  Also nominated were:  Tara Dickerson at Northern Middle School, Megan Gentry at North Elementary, Danielle Russell at North End Elementary, Candice Verni at Stories Creek Elementary, and Terri Long at Helena Elementary.