State teachers association makes stop in Stanly as part of statewide tour

The state’s professional association for public school teachers made a stop in Albemarle Saturday as part of a statewide initiative to honor educators.

An RV sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators is on a road trip planning to visit all 100 counties and honor teachers in each school system over the next few months.

The We Heart Public Schools Tour started in January to visit each public school system in the state.

Saturday’s stop at Albemarle High School allowed NCAE representatives to honor locally nominated teachers as “Loveable Local Leaders” with a certificate.

Members of NCAE worked Saturday in the rain to honor teachers. From left, state members Leslie Abbott and Ashley McIntyre along with local NCAE members Kathy High, Clarissa Cline and Angela Lisk. (Photo by Charles Curcio/staff)

Leslie Abbott, the RV’s driver, said NCAE “wants to support the development of its county organizations.” She said the group’s new leadership “wanted to hit the ground running” to connect with teachers.

Abbott said reaching out to teachers is more important in the past year “with the level of additional work and isolation.” The tour has been able, she said, “to celebrate educators and give people an opportunity to re-engage as a community.”

Oakboro STEM Coach Jennifer Crawford poses for a photo after receiving her certificate Saturday. (Photo by Charles Curcio/staff)

She also noted the work of cafeteria workers continuing to provide meals and bus drivers providing transportation services.

“Everyone has doubled down and not only continued to serve but found new, creative ways to do that,” Abbott said.

Reactions from teachers, she added, has been positive.

The tour will end in June in Cherokee County, home of Murphy High School, she said.