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Commissioners Honor 2019 Teacher of the Year
Buncombe Commissioners Honor '19 Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/21/2019
Pisgah Elementary's J.B. Halpin was honored by Buncombe County commissioners  on August 20.By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Buncombe County Commissioner Mr. Joe Belcher takes a selfie with Pisgah Elementary's Mr. J.B. Halpin.When a community rallies behind its finest educators, it is the students that ultimately benefit. On August 20, Pisgah Elementary School fourth grade teacher Mr. Joseph “J.B.” Halpin was honored by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for serving as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Halpin spoke to commissioners and the community during Tuesday’s regular meeting, crediting his fellow teachers and supportive administrators for making him a better educator.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve as Teacher of the Year for Buncombe County,” Halpin said. ”When you’re surrounded by greatness and talent, it can only make you a little bit better.”

During the meeting, Commissioner Mr. Joe Belcher took a "selfie" photo with Halpin.

"[J.B.] Halpin graciously let me take a selfie for my grandson Caiden just for fun after we recognized him at the Commission Meeting tonight," wrote Belcher in his Instagram post. "He was Caiden’s math teacher at Pisgah Elementary and one of his favorite teachers."

From Left: Ms. Stewart, Ms. Myers, Mr. Halpin, and Ms. Yates.Pisgah Principal Ms. Jeanann Yates attended to show support, alongside teachers Ms. Aimee Stewart and Ms. Beth Myers.

“We’re incredibly proud of Mr. Halpin for his accomplishments in the classroom and within Buncombe County Schools,” said BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “We’re certainly grateful for the ongoing support of our county commissioners and government as they recognize this outstanding educator.”

Halpin was announced as the Teacher of the Year for Buncombe County Schools in September of 2018. The new 2020 Teacher of the Year will soon be announced on September 10, 2019.
Learn more about Mr. J.B. Halpin.

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