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Richard Whitmore named 2019 District Teacher of the Year

2019 Teacher of the year photo montage of people celebrating On Friday, August 16th, at a Back to School Celebration of all York School District 1 employees, Mr. Richard Whitmore was awarded the 2019 York School District One Teacher of the Year award.

Richard Whitmore is a high school Spanish teacher at York Comprehensive High School. Mr. Whitmore has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Whitmore has been a teacher in York School District 1 since 2014. Prior to coming to York 1, Mr. Whitmore taught in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Whitmore is a National Board Certified teacher.

Mr. Whitmore creates lessons and activities that arouse feelings of pride and enthusiasm in his students as they develop the capacity to interact in Spanish.  His goal is for students to feel comfortable, safe, and loved in his classroom so that second language acquisition can take place. 

In order for language fluency to occur in a world language classroom, Mr. Whitmore feels it is essential to “combine the 21st Century data-driven pedagogical strategies with the intentional development of a strong rapport with students.”  Ultimately, his goal is for his students to “confidently tell their friends and colleagues long after graduation “I loved Spanish in high school and I can still speak it!”” 

York School District One also named Mrs. Charlotte Shannon as the District Honor Roll teacher as first runner-up.  Mrs. Charlotte Shannon is a Reading Recovery and Interventionist at Harold C. Johnson Elementary School.  Mrs. Shannon is a graduate of Lander University and the University of South Carolina, as well as a National Board Certified Teacher and a Reading Recovery Certified teacher. Mrs. Shannon has worked in York School District One since 2009 and has been an educator since 1994.