Teachers of the Year recognized

Teachers have a tremendous positive impact on their students. The Brunswick County School Board recognized a teacher from each of the five schools working in Brunswick County Public Schools as Teachers of the Year and selected the Division Teacher of the Year: first row, from left to right, Jacqueline Alston – Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, Darrick Summiel – J. S. Russell Middle School, Rebecca Councill – Totaro Elementary School. Cynthia Chamber – Brunswick High School, and Dr. Angela Parker – Meherrin-Powellton Elementary School, Tiffeney Brown, Director of Personnel; second row, Timothy Puryear, Tracie Seward, Roy Warwick – Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Burns – Vice Chair, Dr. Kristy Summerville Midgette – Division Superintendent, and Dr. Carolyn Jones. Councill was chosen as the Division Teacher of the Year. She will compete at the regional and state level. (Sylvia Allen/Brunswick Times-Gazette)

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County School Board recognized a teacher from each of the five schools working in Brunswick County Public Schools as Teachers of the Year and selected the Division Teacher of the Year. The teachers selected were: Cynthia Chamber – Brunswick High School, Darrick Summiel – J. S. Russell Middle School, Dr. Angela Parker – Meherrin-Powellton Elementary School, Jacqueline Alston – Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, and Rebecca Councill – Totaro Elementary School. Councill was chosen as the Division Teacher of the Year.

Tiffeney Brown, Director of Personnel, provided information about the five teachers selected.

Chambers is a Career and Technical Education Teacher for Early Childhood Education. She has been employed in Brunswick County Public Schools for 19 years. She serves as the division CTE Coordinator and CTE Advisory Chair. Chambers initiated the BHS CTE Career Expo and establishment of local internships to engage community partners and support graduating seniors in securing employment upon graduation.

Summiel is a Grade 8 Math Teacher and has been employed in Brunswick County Public Schools for 18 years. He serves as the 8th grade team leader, math department chair, and a member of the Return to School Task Force. Summiel also coaches football, basketball, baseball, and serves as summer conditioning coach.

Dr. Parker is a Title 1 Reading Teacher. She has been employed in Brunswick County Public Schools for 40 years. She serves as the student testing coordinator. She coordinates Title 1 Reading Night, reading initiatives and in-school student reading challenges to promote literacy. Dr. Parker enjoys engaging and partnering with community members to support and encourage our students to value and have a love for reading.

Alston is a Title 1 Reading Teacher. She has been employed in Brunswick County Public Schools for 21 years. She has led many programs in support of literacy and math numeracy with her “Make It Take It” Initiative, coordination of Title 1 Reading Nights and conducting independent research to discover root causes for reading deficits at the school.

Councill is a kindergarten teacher and has been employed in Brunswick County Public Schools for 21 years. She has enjoyed her role at Totaro engaging parents, making home visits, hosting virtual pajama night events to promote reading, incorporating STEM activities and socialization opportunities as means to promote learning in her lessons to develop students in areas of reading and writing.