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American & International Education Week

Ms. Darcy Grimes

Darcy GrimesThe 2012-13 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Ms. Darcy Grimes, has spent six years in education so far and during this short time, her enthusiasm for learning has spread far beyond the walls of her classroom. Ms. Grimes began her career teaching 2nd and 3rd grade at Moravian Falls Elementary School in Wilkes County. After three years, she moved to Bethel Elementary School in Watauga County to teach third grade.

Ms. Grimes contributes to her peers and the students at Bethel Elementary and her surrounding community in many ways. She is a member of the school's Personnel Advisory Committee and a beginning teacher mentor. She piloted the Leader in Me program for faculty and helped to earn her school a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant from the USDA. In addition to her work in the school, she started an after school running club for girls in grades 3-6 and she has volunteered with the local science club that serves public school students in grades 1-8.

Thanks to her hard work and dedication to her students, Ms. Grimes has received several awards including Northwest NC Regional Teacher of the Year, Watauga County Teacher of the Year, Bethel Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She is also a Watauga Education Foundation Grant recipient and an Intel Master Teacher.

Ms. Grimes completed her undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-6 and minored in Social Sciences. She also successfully completed coursework for add-on licenses for Social Studies 6-9 and Language Arts 6-9 in 2009. She is currently working on her master's degree in Instructional Technology at Appalachian State University.

As North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Ms. Grimes will spend the next school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. She also will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education for two years and as a board member for the NC Public School Forum for one year.