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UCPS Teacher of the Year Amanda Stinchcomb ‘epitome of great teacher'

Amanda Stinchcomb stands with her new car This year’s Union County Public Schools teacher of the year is known for her passion for teaching, her love of her students and considered by her colleagues to be the embodiment of a great teacher.

Western Union Elementary teacher Amanda Stinchcomb was chosen as the 2017-18 UCPS Teacher of the Year during Thursday's (April 20, 2017) annual banquet.

She said she never expected to win. “The talent pool in UCPS is very deep. There are so many educators in this system who are wonderful. It’s such an honor and a delightful surprise. It’s very humbling. My students are going to be really excited. They’ve been asking questions all along the journey.”

Stinchcomb said she looks forward to representing UCPS in the coming year.

“I hope to be a positive impact in this role,” she said. “I care so much about this work. It’s going to be a privilege and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Her principal Kristi Williford said Stinchcomb is the epitome of a great teacher.

“She cares about the kids,” Williford said. “She is so passionate. You can see it on her face when she’s teaching. She knows exactly what to do and when to do it. She is so amazing. She also works very well with her colleagues and shares her experiences and her expertise with them. It’s great that we have this opportunity to have such a wonderful teacher like Amanda.”

Amy Speery and Amanda Stinchcomb Stinchcomb began teaching in 2007 in Philadelphia as a second-grade teacher. She came to Union County in 2010 and took a teaching position at Wingate Elementary as a fourth-grade teacher. She became a fifth-grade teacher in 2015 when she began teaching at Western Union Elementary.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan (above left) congratulated Stinchcomb and all the school-level teachers of the year.
“This great school system and the successes we’ve had here are a direct result of your hard work, your dedication and your commitment to our children,” he said. “On behalf of our team and our school board I want to thank you for all that you do.”
During the banquet, the UCPS 2016-17 Teacher of the Year Jodi Autry, a teacher at Unionville Elementary, talked about her year, calling it a life-changing experience.
For winning the countywide Teacher of the Year title, Stinchcomb received $500. The Union County Education Foundation also awarded her $1,000 for her personal use. Foundation director Amy Sperry is pictured, at right, presenting the check.

In addition, she will receive a one-year lease of a 2017 car, courtesy of Union County KIA, a Keffer Automotive Company. Steve Suggs (above right) of Union County KIA presented her with the keys.   

Pierce Group Benefits and Union County KIA, a Keffer Automotive Company, sponsored the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Banquet, held at Rolling Hills Country Club.
By: Communications Coordinator Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: April 20, 2017