The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.

Our 2019-2020 NCATA TAOY

Sherri M. Nail

NCATA State Teacher Assistant of the Year

District 7 TAOY
Catawba County Schools - St. Stephens High School

Sherri Nail began her career as a teacher assistant in Catawba County in 2006 and has worked in many capacities in several schools at the elementary, middle, and now high school level. She presently works at St. Stephens High School with the Occupational Course of Study students and in the self-contained classroom. She is also a school bus driver. Sherri has an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Early Childhood education and holds an NCATA Instructional Associate Level III PDP certificate. She serves as a member of the Crisis Prevention Intervention and Medical Emergency Responses teams in her school system. She has served as Parliamentarian, 1st and 2nd vice-presidents, and president of the Catawba County Association of Teacher Assistants. Sherri is the District 7 representative on the state PDP Committee.

Sherri has raised two children on her own, a son, Dylan, and a daughter, Brooke. She has two grandsons, Alex and Carter. Sherri is engaged to Vance Porter and together they have two dogs and several cats. They plan to raise cows and chickens on her five-acre farm in the future. Sherri enjoys sewing, cross-stitching, camping, trout fishing, gardening, and canning.

Sherri’s principal, Scottie Houston, wrote this about her, “Sherri carries herself in a manner that is quiet, yet powerful. She is a natural leader, but most importantly, she has a spirit of exploration that leads her to new and exciting ideas on how to improve herself and her colleagues.”

Read Sherri Nail's acceptance speech which was given at the 2019 NCATA Conference Awards Banquet by clicking here.

TAOY 1st Runner-up
Sharon Best

District 2 TAOY
Greene County Schools - Greene Elementary

District 4 TAOY
Theresa Nagy

Moore County Schools - Carthage Elementary

District 5 TAOY
Pamela Moretz

Davidson County Schools - Southmont Elementary

District 6 TAOY
Gina Warner

Union County Schools - Western Union Elementary

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
Fax: 1.800.979.2077

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