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2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year
2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/13/2020
Avery's Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher Clare Rector has been named the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)/BCS 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year. Her fellow kindergarten teachers spaced six feet apart as they lined up outside the school’s main entrance to celebrate her special award.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Even behind her facemask, surprise showed on Ms. Clare Rector’s face as she stepped outside Avery’s Creek Elementary School (ACES) to cheers and claps from her colleagues, husband, and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) staff on Wednesday.

Ms. Rector has been named the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)/BCS 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year. Her fellow kindergarten teachers spaced six feet apart as they lined up outside the school’s main entrance to celebrate her special award.

“I am not someone who likes surprises, so I was very impressed everyone managed to keep it from me, including my husband,” Ms. Rector said. “It’s always nice to be acknowledged for your hard work, so seeing the support from everyone was really special and quite overwhelming.”

The Beginning Teacher of the Year award honors beginning teachers who are the future of education in North Carolina, according to NCCAT, an organization provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. In her letter nominating Ms. Rector, ACES Principal Denise Montgomery said Ms. Rector is one of the most effective teachers she’s ever seen.

“The minute you walk into her room, you know you have entered a place where expectations are high, excuses are left at the door, and children are loved and respected,” Ms. Montgomery said. “She makes learning fun and provides opportunities that reach all learning styles present in her classroom. Ms. Rector is not your typical beginning teacher but instead displays the characteristics of a master teacher with years of experience.”

Ms. Rector said her love of teaching started when she was very young,

“One of my very first Christmas gifts, I asked for a classroom, and my mom went out and purchased an easel as well as all the school supplies you could imagine,” she said. “For years, I played teacher until it was finally time to become one. I grew up surrounded by amazing educators. My mother works in education. I also had an amazing second-grade teacher, and I’ve always said I wanted to follow her teaching style. I even still talk to my elementary school principal who has been an incredible mentor for me.”

When teaching kindergarten students, Ms. Rector creates a familial atmosphere where students feel safe, loved, and respected.

“Everything I do is for the kids,” she said. “I love building connections with them and witnessing their ‘ah-ha’ moments. I think it’s so important to build those meaningful relationships so they feel comfortable coming to you. I’ve really enjoyed being a support system and safe zone for my students. They always know I have their back.”

Ms. Rector studied early childhood education at the College of Charleston and finished her degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She most recently completed her North Carolina Teacher’s Certification through Teachers of Tomorrow.

Ms. Rector received a plaque and flower bouquet during the surprise celebration on Wednesday. She will go on to represent Buncombe County Schools in the state competition. The winner will be announced in February 2021.


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BCS posted a Facebook Live video of Ms. Clare's award presentation, and Avery's Creek Elementary posted a congratulatory message and photos on its Facebook page.

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