With the excitement and energy Karla Endemann brings into the classroom, it would be easy to mistake her for a new teacher as parents at Chapel Grove Elementary School sometimes do. But Endemann -- the Gaston County Teacher of the Year -- has 17 years of experience and shares her enthusiasm for teaching and learning every day.
As a custodian at Gardner Park Elementary School, Stevie Anderson does most of his work behind-the-scenes. But on Wednesday afternoon, he took center stage as the 2014 Kia Outstanding Educator for Gaston County Schools, winning a new car from Kia of Gastonia.
Chris Hafer appreciates all that Gaston County Schools teachers and staff do every day to care for children. To show how much he values their efforts, the Kia of Gastonia president will give away a brand new car to the one employee chosen as the Kia Outstanding Educator.
A new program in Gaston County Schools -- Bring Your Own Device or BYOD -- gives students and teachers the option to take their own smartphones, tablets or laptops to school to be used as part of classroom learning. It is a way to provide greater access to educational tools and content on the Internet and can help students become more engaged in learning.