WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Schools Foundation recently presented the 2016 “Williams Excellence in Teaching Awards” to three Wilmington teachers during its staff recognition breakfast.
Established in 1995 by Wilmington High School’s Class of 1945, the Williams Award honors the memory of devoted teachers Woodrow and Esther Williams, who dedicated their professional lives to excellence in education. Each year the award is given to teachers who reflect the enthusiasm, dedication, preparation and inspiration the Williamses exhibited.
Wilmington High School Principal Melinda McCarty-Stewart praised Michelle Carr, who retired this year after investing a 30-year career teaching art to the students of Wilmington. “Michelle has demonstrated a passion for teaching and inspiring all her students and has left a lasting impact on the lives of her students,” said McCarty-Stewart. “She is known and loved because she advocates for all students and is a true believer that each child has the potential to learn, grow and create.”
Wilmington Middle School Principal Jeff Sherby recognized eighth-grade science teacher Dan Hellmund for his ability to inspire students while making learning fun. Hellmund’s “lessons are unexpected, middle-school friendly, memorable, and humorous,” said Sherby. “He is the type of teacher that students will remember in a positive way and will tell stories to their children and grandchildren about.”
East End Elementary Principal Jennifer Martin praised third-grade teacher Amber Hollins saying, “No matter the culture, the background, or the ability of her student, Ms. Hollins makes sure that each child knows they are appreciated.”
Carrying on the tradition and commitment to excellence in education, Carr, Hellmund and Hollins serve as an inspiration not only to their students but to their colleagues as well.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.