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MeckEd honors 20 as Teachers of Excellence

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    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison, left, congratulates 2014 MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Lance Kanter at Wednesday's reception at the Westin.
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    Former MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Joanna Schimizzi, left, and 2014 MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Julie McConnell of Hough High talk during Wednesday's event. MeckEd honored 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, MeckEd chose honorees based on student academic growth, best instructional practices, and leader qualities shown in their respective schools.
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    MeckEd Teacher of Excellence for 2014 Beth Linkston, right, is congratulated by MeckEd board member Molly Griffin at Wednesday's event at the Westin.
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    2014 MeckEd Teachers of Excellence, left to right, first row: Mindy Mahar, Amy Platte, Ashley Giblin, Kelly Freiheit, Coco Ellis, Jessica Kilbride and Lara Bennett; second row: Phyllis Robinson, Dawn Salters, Ashley Ferwerda, Sara Fisher, Amanda Wheeler, Lance Kanter; top row: Sana Chakra, Silas Fincher, Robert Egnot, Patrick Sahd, Julie McConnell, Allee Jo TenBieg, Beth Linkston.
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    Jessica Kilbride, left, one of the 20 MeckEd Teachers of Excellence for 2014, is moved to tears as she is presented flowers by her sister Jennifer Pietila and her mother, Melinda Galloway, at Wednesday's event honoring the teachers at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, MeckEd chose honorees based on student academic growth, best instructional practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.

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MeckEd, an advocacy group that supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, honored 20 outstanding teachers from the district at a Wednesday reception at the Westin hotel.

“The art of teaching is very challenging work that requires patience, persistence, love and compassion,” said Executive Director Bill Anderson.

The MeckEd Teachers of Excellence were nominated by principals and chosen based on classroom performance, leadership and school service. They are: Lara Bennett of Grier Elementary, Sana Chakra of Davis Military/Leadership Academy, Robert Egnot of Piedmont Middle, Coco Ellis of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Ashley Ferwerda of Reedy Creek Elementary, Silas Fincher of Ardrey Kell High, Sara Fisher of Whitewater Elementary, Kelly Freiheit of Walter G. Byers School, Ashley Giblin of Berryhill School, Lance Kanter of Community House Middle, Jessica Kilbride of Albemarle Road Elementary, Beth Linkston of Olympic High International Studies and Global Economics School, Mindy Mahar of Sedgefield Middle, Julie McConnell of Hough High, Amy Platte of Dilworth Elementary, Phyllis Robinson of Steele Creek Elementary, Patrick Sahd of Providence High, Dawn Salters of McClintock Middle, Allee Jo TenBieg of Sterling Elementary and Amanda Wheeler of Bailey Middle.

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