FOREST CITY, NC – Rutherford County Schools (RCSNC) would like to congratulate Kelly Martin of Harris Elementary School on her selection as the 2019-2020 RCSNC Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual RCSNC Teacher of the Year breakfast held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Pinnacle Elementary School. Paul Deck of McCurry-Deck Motors, 10-year sponsor of RCSNC’s Teacher of the Year program, presented the award.

Mr. Paul Deck (right) presented Mrs. Kelly Martin (left) as 2019-20 RCSNC Teacher of the Year

Mr. Paul Deck (right) presented Mrs. Kelly Martin (left) as 2019-20 RCSNC Teacher of the Year

After earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Appalachian State University, Mrs. Martin has been teaching for nineteen years. She has been in her current position teaching third grade at Harris Elementary for seven years. In addition to being National Board certified, Mrs. Martin is a three-time Tanner Award nominee and a NCHeroes finalist for 2019.

Of the Teacher of the Year selection, Dr. Janet H. Mason stated, “The selection committee had a very tough decision on their hands, as all of our nominees are strong, dedicated, talented teachers. We want to congratulate each one of them and thank them all for their hard work and commitment to Rutherford County’s youth. We are very excited to have Mrs. Kelly Martin representing Rutherford County Schools as our district Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Martin’s enthusiasm and love for her students is evident in all in she does, and she will represent us very well.”

Congratulations to all of the Teachers of the Year who were selected to represent Rutherford County Schools, and thank you to Mr. Deck for his continued support!


2019 RCSNC Teachers of the Year

Carver Center – Meagan Poteat

Chase High School – Donnie Henson

Chase Middle School – Emily Kirby

Cliffside Elementary School – Jessica Robbins

East Rutherford High School – Amy Bright

East Rutherford Middle School – Victoria Norman

Ellenboro Elementary School – Lacey Deaton

Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School – Lamonda Thompson

Forrest Hunt Elementary School – Jennifer Davis

Harris Elementary School – Kelly Marton

Mt. Vernon-Ruth Elementary School – Jill Scott

Pinnacle Elementary School – Leah Buckley

Rutherford Early College High School (REaCH) – Lori Lambert

Rutherford Opportunity Center – Star Coffey

R-S Central High School – Karl Bradley

R-S Middle School – Paige Fender

Rutherfordton Elementary School – Amanda Young

Spindale Elementary School – Brittany Wall

Sunshine Elementary School – Beth Travis

2019 RCSNC Teachers of the Year from each school

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Rutherford County Schools (RCSNC) is the comprehensive public school system of Rutherford County, North Carolina. With eighteen schools and one prekindergarten center serving over 8,400 students, RCSNC is an innovative school district committed to preparing all students for college and career success. Through its Going GLOBAL initiative, RCSNC has embraced a one-to-one digital learning environment where all students from kindergarten through grade twelve have access to a personal technology device every day. Supported by a strong community with deep roots, RCSNC celebrates lasting partnerships with the Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation, the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation, and multiple other agencies and organizations. Learn more at

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