Brittany Booth of Person High School named 2020-2021 Person County Schools Teacher of the Year
Brittany Booth, a choral and vocal music teacher at Person High School, was named Person County Schools’ Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.
Booth follows Rachel Marcus, former teacher at Helena Elementary School, in receiving this prestigious honor. Brittany Booth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She serves as the Director of Choral Activities, is the Tri-M Honor Society Advisor, coordinates the German Exchange Program, and is an advisor for both My Life Matters and the Choral Council. Brittany has 4 years of teaching experience; all of which have been at Person High School.
Brittany shared, “I am honored to have been presented with this award! This recognition provides a platform to advocate for the continued support and funding of fine arts programs in our public school system. Music education is important in our schools, as it is a large contributor to educating the "whole child." A whole child approach to education is defined by policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Building musicianship aids in literacy, stimulates brain development, builds community, integrates cross-curricular connections, teaches discipline and character development, relieves stress, provides an emotional outlet, and builds confidence; those benefits merely scratch the surface. I am humbled by the recognition, but I must also add that a conductor cannot create music without the support of the choir. I have the best team of hardworking young musicians who respect one another and believe in the music we make together. I am better because they deserve the best that I have to give. Additionally, the success of our music programs relies heavily on community support. Thank you to parents, teachers, faculty, and local businesses who support us.”
Dr. Jonte Hill, Principal of Person High School, stated, “Ms. Booth is a phenomenal teacher who has always valued the relationships that she forges with her students as she also instills in them an appreciation for music. Her professional dispositions help support student learning and development in ways that have beneficial and long-lasting effects on the lives of Person High School students.”
Ms. Booth received a monetary token of appreciation sponsored by Pierce Group Benefits, funds to purchase classroom supplies, a plaque, and will go on to compete with the other Teachers of the Year at the regional level.
School-level winners were nominated by their peers and had to meet the criteria set forth according to state guidelines. Also nominated were: Heather O’Brian at Helena Elementary School, Julie Goodwin at Oak Lane Elementary School, Tracy Sheradin at South Elementary School, Kelly Pearce at North Elementary School, Raven Collins at North End Elementary School, Stacey Daniels at Stories Creek Elementary School, Jennifer Davis at Woodland Elementary School, Jennifer Clement at Northern Middle School, Sheryl Atkinson at Southern Middle School, and Micki Powell at Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership.