April 9, 2014

We are defined by our experiences, our choices and the opportunities afforded us throughout a lifetime. And many of us...perhaps even most of us...can attribute the impetus of our beginning development within the classroom.

Whether your education began in a private, public or home school environment, we all have been effected by and been made witness to those who valued the power of an inquisitive mind, the benefits of being a life long learner and the rewards of working together to see a project to its finish.

The Cabarrus County Education Foundation invites you to celebrate our CCS teachers with us this spring! Brava tutti, CCS teachers! Job well done!

CCS Teachers are Top in the Region
Cabarrus County Schools teachers are ranked 1st in our region for effectiveness. The ratings, released by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, are based on a formula that gauges whether teachers met or exceeded goals for student growth.  

The report shows that 90.2% of CCS teachers either met or exceeded goals based on the formula.  

"Congratulations on a job well done," said Superintendent Barry Shepherd. "We are extremely proud of the great work our teachers have done in the classroom and of the results that their work yields for our students."

Rachel Wilkes, CCEF Executive Director, states that "the Cabarrus County Education Foundation is very proud to join CCS in recognizing and awarding the excellent instruction and leadership occurring in our schools." "Thank you for letting us take part."
Teacher Effectiveness


Here's how select districts fared on new ratings of teacher effectiveness, which run student test scores through a complex formula designed to gauge whether teachers met or exceeded goals for student growth. "Charter average" is a composite for 14 charters in the Charlotte region. 


Wake50.8 %40.8 %91.6 %
Cabarrus63.2 %27 %90.2 %
Union53.8 %35.4 %89.2 %
Lincoln56.4 %25.4 %81.8 %
Charter average51.8 %29.2 %81 %
State56 %23.3 %79.3 %
Iredell56.9 %21.6 %78.5 %
Guilford61.2 %16.7 %77.9 %
CMS55.6 %21.4 %77 %
Gaston48 %27.8 %75.8 %
Mooresville44.8 %30.3 %75.1 %

Source: N.C. Department of Public Instruction

Read more here!

Courtney Smith
Teacher of the Year

Cabarrus County Schools is proud to announce the following teachers have been selected as finalists for the CCS Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015:

Sarah Collins - Coltrane Webb STEM Elementary 
Brian Floyd - Concord High School
Allison Hahn - Central Cabarrus High School
Nancy Kapp - JN Fries Middle School
Chris White - Hickory Ridge High School

Twenty six teachers were interviewed for this honor. The CCS Teacher of the Year will be announced at a dinner reception on April 28, 2014.

Please consider becoming a sponsor for our
Teacher of the Year Award Recognitions

As a business and/or as an individual please consider donating to the CCEF and designate which of our programs you'd like to support.

Gifts to the Cabarrus County Education Foundation are tax deductible
as outlined by the Internal Revenue Service.
CCEF joins Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce
We are so very excited to be an official member of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce does such a great job of working with and for the community and its businesses. We are proud to be counted among its members.

Thank you, Patrick Coughlin and the rest of the Chamber Team!
Superintendent's Message
Dr. Barry Shepherd Superintendent for Cabarrus County Schools sends message of support. Read Dr. Shepherd's Message

Message from CCEF's Executive Director
Rachel Wilkes invites you to join in support of CCEF's mission.  Read Rachel's statement

CCEF would like to thank the following . . .

Bank of America Matching Gifts Program
Cabarrus County Schools
D&B Realty, Inc.
It's All About You Salon
Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust
Wilkinson Funeral Home
Lin and Mona Barnhardt
Ms. Margaret Cox
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dollar
Dr. and Mrs. Tom Foster
Ms. Linda C. Grist
Don and Sara Heiser
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kirk
Ms. Grace Mynatt
Mr. R. David Orr
Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Otteni
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Perry
Dr. Jeffrey Phillips
Dr. Barry Shepherd
Ms. Alice Steele-Robinson
Mr. and Mrs. Bert Thomas
Ms. Rachel E. Wilkes
Wayne and Martha Williams
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