West Bladen teacher tabbed ‘Tar Heel Teacher of the Week’

Staff report

BURGAW – Four County EMC recently announced that Shanna Harrelson, a teacher at West Bladen High School, is being honored on a statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week.

Four County EMC nominated Harrelson in recognition of her dedication to students and for winning Bright Ideas education grant funding for the project “Integration of Honors Science and EC Adaptive Students, Cooperative Learning at its Best and Most Tactile.”

Harrelson is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on the air during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina football game against James Madison on Saturday, Sept. 17, and also on the Bright Ideas website at www.NCBrightIdeas.com. She, along with other Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees, will also receive tickets to attend a UNC game in October and a plaque commemorating their achievement.

“We partner with many outstanding teachers through our Bright Ideas education grant program, and Mrs. Harrelson consistently goes above and beyond to make a difference for students,” said Gay Johnson, director of corporate communications of Four County EMC. “It is an honor to recognize Mrs. Harrelson for her hard work and to be able to thank her for the positive contribution she makes in her school and community.”

Four County EMC is currently accepting Bright Ideas education grant applications from teachers for creative classroom learning projects at www.NCBrightIdeas.com through Sept. 23. The Tar Heel Teacher of the Week and Bright Ideas education grant programs are examples of Four County EMC’s commitment to community.

Four County EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 32,500 members in Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Onslow, Pender and Sampson counties.


Staff report

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