2018-08-18 / Education

Trio of teachers honored with Sarah Elizabeth Morton Award


From left, Person County Education Foundation Executive Director Amanda Foushee Morrow, Northern Middle School Teacher Whitney Malpass, NMS Teacher Shannon Smith, South Elementary School Teacher Jessica Goodwin and PCEF President Prscilla Thompson. ana fletcher | courier-times From left, Person County Education Foundation Executive Director Amanda Foushee Morrow, Northern Middle School Teacher Whitney Malpass, NMS Teacher Shannon Smith, South Elementary School Teacher Jessica Goodwin and PCEF President Prscilla Thompson. ana fletcher | courier-times Three Person County Schools teachers received the 2018 Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach in Person” Award on Aug. 9 during a Person County Education Foundation board meeting at Roxboro Baptist Church.

South Elementary School’s Jessica Goodwin, and Whitney Malpass and Shannon Smith, both of Northern Middle School, each received the $300 award, which honors college graduates who return to PCS to teach. The award money is intended to help fund materials for the recipient’s classroom or for their first years of teaching.

During this year’s annual “Teach in Person” campaign, PCS employees raised more than $4,000, and North End Elementary students raised more than $1,700. That money allowed PCEF to bestow Goodwin, Malpass and Smith with the award.

In addition to being a graduate of Person High School or Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership, award applicants must have been hired to teach in the PCS system for 2017-18 as a beginning teacher.

They must have submitted an online application, resume and essay, and were evaluated by the PCEF Scholarship Committee based on college involvement, character, leadership among peers, service in the community and additional volunteering within the PCS system.

Sarah’s legacy lives on

Though the award was established in 2018, it is an extension of the Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach in Person” Scholarship, which was established in 2012 by Rena Morton for PHS and PECIL seniors planning to enter the education field.

Rena established the scholarship in memory of her daughter, who graduated from PHS in 1999. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003 and, six years later, received her National Board Certification, as well as her master’s degree from East Carolina University. She taught eighth grade social studies at Southern Middle School for six years and advised the student council and yearbook staffs.

In May 2010, Sarah lost her battle ovarian cancer. Rena’s wish is to find great teachers like her daughter who are passionate about serving others and their community.

Deserving recipients

Goodwin is a volleyball coach at South and a graduate of Meredith College. She received the Beginning Teacher Award of Excellence for the 2017-18 school year, which was her first year teaching. In 2013, she received the Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach in Person” Scholarship.

Malpas’s is a graduate of North Carolina State University. She offers after school tutoring to students, volunteers for Relay for Life and is a youth leader at Concord Methodist Church.

Smith is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and is also the co-advisor for Divine Individuals Victorious and Appointed for Success.

For more information, contact PCEF Executive Director Amanda Morrow at 336-592-1507 or visit www.personcoeducationfoundation.org.

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