Elizabeth Carruthers received the Rosalyn Tanner Orr Mentor of the Year Award
Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 5/27/2010 7:51:33 PM
To ease the transition into a new school year for beginning teachers,
veteran educators throughout Guilford County Schools serve an important
and necessary role as mentors. These experienced teachers assist with
lesson plans, classroom management and teaching strategies while helping
rookie teachers become acclimated to their new environment.
In celebration of her dedication to two new teachers,
Elizabeth Carruthers, teacher at Erwin Montessori, was named the Rosalyn
Tanner Orr Mentor of the Year. Carruthers was nominated by her mentees
Athena Burnette and Casey Tinkham, who say she has provided them with
advice and guidance to help them become more confident teachers.
Each year, GCS recognizes a veteran teacher with the
Mentor of the Year award. This year, the award is named in memory of
Rosalyn Tanner Orr, who was the executive director of The Barnabas
Network in Greensboro. She worked tirelessly to help families and
children without homes find shelter and stability, and she valued the
relationships of teaching mentors and mentees. The award was formerly
named for Dr. Martha A. Sharpless.
The finalists included Nicole Abell from Page High,
Melissa Cowie from Southwest Middle, Kevin Fuehler from the Mell-Burton
school run by the United Way and Raquel Robinson from McIver Education
Center. Carruthers received $1,000 for winning the award, and the
remaining finalists received $100 each. The beginning teachers who
nominated each of the finalists received a $50 gift card for educational
supplies. The award is made possible by the Endowment for Excellence in
Education of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.