LCPS Mathematics Teacher Award goes to Early College’s McGinnis — Neuse News

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To her National Board certification and impending master’s degree, Belinda McGinnis can now add the honor of being Lenoir County Public School’s Math Teacher of the Year for 2022-23.

McGinnis, who has taught at Lenoir County Early College since 2010, will be recognized by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics at its November conference in Winston-Salem. Each public school district in the state has the opportunity to send a local winner to the conference.

“I’m excited, honored and touched,” McGinnis said of her selection.

As a teacher, she is known for working to impart a deeper understanding of math to her students and keeping her classes active and interesting.

“They spend a lot of time in groups talking about math,” McGinnis said of her students. “I do a lot of practical things. I do a lot of digital activities with them.

The digital pursuits come as no surprise since McGinnis is also Early College’s Digital Learning Specialist, the faculty member who helps colleagues get the most out of iPads and other ubiquitous Apple devices in LCPS classrooms. .

Amy Jones, the district’s superintendent of secondary education, praised McGinnis as “a leader both in and out of the classroom.”

“She generously shares her time and talents with others to improve math instruction and the integration of digital learning not only in her school but with the entire district,” Jones said. “Ms. McGinnis’ skills and expertise make her an invaluable resource for Early College teaching staff. She provides formal professional development as well as one-on-one “just-in-time” sessions with teachers to help them make advance their teaching skills Our district’s improvement theme is improving learning for all, and that’s exactly what Ms. McGinnis does every day.

A native of Laurinburg, McGinnis earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from UNC-Pembroke and taught for two years at Carver High School in Winston-Salem before joining Lenoir County Early College High School. She is on track to receive her master’s degree from East Carolina University in May.

She became a math teacher, she said, because she loved math as a student — “solving problems, seeing how things connect, logic.” And Early College, because its small classes allow strong bonds between teacher and student, seems to her the ideal place to do what she loves.

“You really get to know the kids and what they need,” McGinnis said. “They will have to take me out of here kicking and screaming.”

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