Henderson teacher honored as state’s teacher of excellence
Brenda Stewart, a teacher at Henderson Independent High School, has received the prestigious California Casualty Award form the NEA Foundation.
Stewart was selected to represent the state as its National Teacher of Excellence.
The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation honored 38 public school educators with the award at its Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 8. The event attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy and the private sector, according to an NEA press release.
The educators were nominated by the NEA’s state affiliates. The press release said each educator’s schools will receive awards of $650.
Stewart began teaching eighth grade at Henderson at the start of the current school year.
She said she was first nominated by the Union County Association of Educators while working as an EC blended resource teacher at Cuthbertson Middle School in Waxhaw. The North Carolina Association of Educators then chose her to represent the state in Washington, D.C.
Stewart also has been selected as a Pearson Fellow, and she will be going to Brazil this summer to work with teachers there and study globalization’s impact on education. She said she met Brazil’s ambassador to the United States, Mauro Vieira, at the awards gala.
The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly presented the awards with support from California Casualty, the Horace Mann Companies, NEA Member Benefits and the Pearson Foundation.