PR: Teacher vaulted to new heights of recognition

Stacey Marjoram, Director of Physical Education poses with her Teacher of the Year award at Charter Day School in Leland, NC.

Charter Day School in Leland, NC recognizes the Teacher of the Year for 2011.

“What’s your favorite subject?” is a common question posed to children and most times the answer comes back resoundingly “P.E!” We all know math, reading, and science are all very important for developing life skills in children, but so is that favorite subject: health and physical education. Charter Day School (CDS) is proud to announce their Teacher of the Year for 2011, Mrs. Stacey Marjoram, Director of Physical Education. Stacey has been with the school for five years and started working at CDS after graduating from East Carolina University where she received her B.S. in Physical Education.

Stacey explained that she grew up being very physically active, “I was raised in a military family and since we moved every three years our parents encouraged us to use physical activities and sports as a way to meet new friends.” Stacey also got first-hand experience for her future career – her mom was a physical education teacher as well.

When asked what the best part of her job Stacey’s eyes light up as she talks about teaching kids. “The kids are amazing and make every day fun,” she says. “They are so eager to learn new sports and develop new skills that it really makes my job easier. I love my job because every day is a new adventure with these kids!”

Coach Stacey leads a physical education class for elementary students at Charter Day School in Leland, NC.

Stacey works with all the children at Charter Day School from Kindergarten through the 8th grade teaching physical education in every grade and at every fitness level. She follows the Healthful Living curriculum which teaches the importance of health and physical activity starting with locomotive skills development in the elementary grades continuing to game skills in the middle school classes. “This program allows us to teach health education and physical education with the end goal that our students will continue to be healthy and active for a lifetime.”

Teaching is only part of the reason administrators selected Stacey as teacher of the year. Qualities based on leadership skills, teamwork, extracurricular activities, willingness to learn, classroom management, motivational and communication skills, mentoring and innovative instruction all played a part in the selection process and Stacey scored extremely well in all of the categories. On winning the teacher of the year award Stacey modestly exclaimed, “I am extremely honored to be recognized but this award makes me want to do better in my job! I take it as a challenge because there is always room for improvement. My goal is to make sure every student benefits from my class and that’s an everyday thing and doesn’t stop because I have a plaque on my wall.”

The Roger Bacon Academy – Charter Day School is a tuition-free, open enrollment public school in southeastern North Carolina. Since 2000, Charter Day School has focused on quality K-8 education and is a premier performance-driven year round school. Widely recognized as a compelling choice to conventional public education, the school has built a reputation for dedicated and highly qualified teachers that give students a strong and proven academic foundation. Charter Day School has received numerous awards, including the designation of being a Top-25 School for Academic Growth and Excellence in the state of North Carolina.  –  “Excellence Without Excuses”

Read the Teacher of the Year letter here.

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