The joy and excitement was palpable in Ashley Bailey’s biology classroom at Roxboro Community School.
As the news of Bailey’s selection as North Carolina’s Charter School teacher of the year was broadcast over the school’s intercom system, her students stood and school administrators and state education leaders walked through the door to congratulate her.
Selected through a pretty thorough process that included interviews with Bailey’s bosses, co-workers, students and parents, those who made the selection learned that Bailey’s heart is in her work.
We can assure anyone reading this, that when someone is passionate about their work, they will be good at what they do. It will be an ever-present part of their life, whether they are on the job or off-duty.
It’s one thing for school administrators and fellow teachers to see Bailey’s strengths as a teacher. But former students and parents were equally effusive in their praise for Bailey and the quality of her work. That’s saying something.
To be sure, Bailey is not the only good teacher working to educate our students in schools throughout this state, but it is certainly a feather in her cap – and in Roxboro Community Schools – that she be considered among the best in her field.
Bailey’s selection as the state’s Charter Schools teacher of the year is the second time RCS has been able to boast of having the state’s best charter school teacher.
That speaks well of the education system in Person County writ large, but also of the environment afforded to teachers to roll up their sleeves and do what they think is best.
In an interview after she was recognized Monday, Bailey credit school leaders with knowing when to get out of a teacher’s way and letting them do what they need to in order to get the job done.
That’s something many a working person wishes for in his or her own workplace.
We join the chorus of teachers, parents, students and administrators in congratulating Bailey on her accomplishment. She has represented RCS and our entire community in a way that we can all be proud of.