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GCPS Holds "Evening of Excellence" for Students and Staff,  Names 2023 Teacher of the Year

GCPS’s signature event, the “Evening of Excellence'', was held on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at the South Granville High School auditorium in front of throngs of cheering parents, family and community members in an upbeat and exciting program.


The two-part program this year recognized more than 300 GCPS students who have earned ‘straight A’s’ since the beginning of the year, as well as two “Gold Star” student recipients from each school who demonstrated overall excellence in academics, character, extra curricular activities, and service to others.  


Combined with these student recognitions, members of the four Superintendent Advisory Councils (Student, Parents, Teachers, Principals), the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Summit participants, and all categories of employees of the year were recognized.


The recipients for each of the 2023 ‘Employee of the year’ category are:


Janice Downey, Granville Early College High School

Bus Driver of the Year


Vanessa Jenkins, Mt. Energy Elementary School

Beginning Teacher of the Year


Audrey Brown, Granville Central High School

CTE Teacher of the Year


Margaret McAden, Phoenix Academy

Clerical School Based of the Year


Kim Henderson, Central Services

Clerical District Staff of the Year


Roger Hawley, Creedmoor Elementary School

Custodian of the Year


Lakesha Bailey, Granville Central High School

Teacher Assistant of the Year


Dana Small, JF Webb High School Counselor

Student Support Staff of the Year


Jack Blackwell

Operations Staff of the Year


Mr. Javon Dixon, Granville Central High School

Assistant Principal of the Year


Dr. Charmaine Day-Heggie, Butner Stem Elementary School

Principal of the Year


The 2023-2024 Granville County Public Schools Teacher of the Year is:

LaKecia Bullock, Wilton Elementary School


1st Runner Up -  Bethany Young, Granville Academy

2nd Runner Up - Emily Cofield, Granville Early College High School


Ms. Bullock was presented with her trophy, flowers, and received a check for $1000 on behalf of the Granville Ed Foundation.  Each of the runners up were honored with a plaque and $500 on behalf of the Granville Ed Foundation.


Superintendent McLean offered her thoughts on the announcement, stating, “We are sure that Ms. Bullock will be a shining star among the others recognized across the country for this top honor.  We are proud of her and all she represents.  It was a wonderful night of celebrating excellence for our students, staff and our school district.  Congratulations to everyone who was recognized!”   


Board Chairman Williams also shared her praise, stating, “I am so proud of all of these teachers and the dedication and love they have for their students.  I know that Ms. Bullock will represent our district well in this coming year as a true ambassador for our county and the profession itself.  Also a huge congratulations to all of our straight A students for their achievement.  We are proud of you!”


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