INSPIRED. Not All Super Heroes Wear Capes - Part 2. Harnessing Opportunities for Growth
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no secret that learning has changed. Students receive instruction far more often by themselves than they do in groups. Classes are done remotely. The familiar pace of a typical school day has been replaced by something new. But students aren't the only ones for whom life has changed. Just as often, teachers are dealing with the impact of the pandemic on learning. And Lee County Schools has been at the front of not just recognizing those changes, but harnessing them into opportunities for growth.
INSPIRED. Not All Super Heroes Wear Capes - Part 1. Providing Nutritious Meals for Children
Not all superheroes wear capes. In Lee County, a lot of them right now are wearing masks and gloves. Those heroes, who since the closure of schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic have served breakfast and lunch to thousands of students three days per week, consist of staffers from the school system, ranging from maintenance workers and bus drivers to cafeteria staff, social workers and more.
INSPIRED. District 2020 Spelling Bee Champ, Bryan Armstrong
When Bryan Armstrong, West Lee Middle School sixth grader, was given the word “Connemara” – a very specific type of stone which comes from a region of the same name in Ireland – during the final round of the Lee County Schools district-wide spelling bee on February 13, he wasn't worried. He was confident, in fact. He'd studied his word list closely, promptly gave the correct spelling and was named the event's winner.
INSPIRED. Southern Spice Girls Place Fourth in NC Jr. Chef Competition
One of Lee County's best new dishes isn't one you'll be able to find in any of our many restaurants. Instead, the Sweet Carolina Chicken Bang Bang – an outside the box take on chili – was served several times this year at Southern Lee High School by a team of students from Gwen Williams' Foods II class. The team, known as the “Southern Spice Girls” took their dish to the 2020 North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte earlier this month.
INSPIRED. National Board Certified Teachers
North Carolina leads the country with more than 22,600 National Board Certified teachers. Lee County just added six more in a single year. “It's meant to be a distinction. It's nationally recognized,” said Patricia Coldren, the National Board district coordinator for Lee County Schools. “Having six in one year is a big deal. It's normally between zero and two, and two had been a high number for us.” These six now give Lee County Schools a total of 46 National Board Certified teachers.