The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants

NCATA

SUPPORTING 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.


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Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING

* focused LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

* critical NEWS & INFORMATION

* annual CONFERENCE & EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

* opportunities for PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.


Teacher Assistant of the Year Recognition
Click to email our EHR Chair, Felicia Williams

NCATA selects a Teacher Assistant of the Year (TAOY) annually from finalists in each of the seven districts. The recipient of the State TAOY award is recognized as an exemplary representative of NCATA and teacher assistants of North Carolina. It's quite an honor to be selected by your peers to represent them as the NCATA Teacher Assistant of the Year!


TAOY Selection Process

  1. Local schools nominate and vote on prospective TAOYs to represent them. To compete at the NCATA district level, local level TAOY's must be a "member in good standing" of the association, meaning they have been a member of NCATA for the previous two years without a lapse in membership.
  2. A selection committee at the local association level interviews local school nominees, provided they meet the TAOY guidelines and submit a portfolio following the NCATA policy guidelines, to choose a local TAOY.
  3. If a member is in a school system that does not have a local association, they may still be eligible to run for the district level TAOY. They should contact their District President for information.
  4. A selection committee at the NCATA district level interviews school system TAOY finalists and reviews their portfolios to choose a District TAOY finalist.
  5. The NCATA Education and Human Relations (EHR) Committee reviews the district finalists' TAOY portfolios, interviews each district nominee, and selects the state TAOY and the first runner-up.

Go to our Documents and Links page to download, view, and print NCATA's current TAOY program guidelines. The TAOY process falls under our EHR program. 


2019-2020 NCATA Teacher Assistant of the Year
District 7 - Catawba County Schools
Sherri M. Nail

 NCATA Teacher Assistants of the Year
2019 Sherri M. Nail - Catawba County Schools - District 7
2018 Dawn Bradley - Catawba County Schools - District 7
2017  Michelle Ivey - Public Schools of Robeson County - District 4
2016  Dixie Black - Davidson County - District 5

2015 Andrea Cranfill - Davie County - District 7

2014 Michelle Bailey - Onslow County -District 2
2013 Teresa Sawyer - Currituck County-District 1
2012 William Johnston, Jr. - Bladen County - District 4
2011 Kamal Watkins - Cumberland County- District 4
2010 Jenny Gerami - Catawba County - District 7
2009 Carleen Mack - Onslow County - District 2
2008 Melinda Zarate - Davidson County - District 5
2007 Rise' Hatton - Onslow County - District 2
2006 Jan Rickard - Lee County - District 4
2005 Lisa Fisher - Charlotte-Mecklenburg - District 6
2004 Judith Ainsworth - Catawba County - District 7
2003 Mary Hankins - Moore County - District 4
2002 Jackie Brock - Brunswick County - District 2
2001 Mari Jones - Onslow County - District 2
2000 Sue Johnson - Iredell-Statesville - District 7
1999 Steven Wolford - Cumberland County - District 4
1998 Diann Roberts - Buncombe County - District 8
1997 Faye G. Simmons - Lenoir County - District 2
1996 Judy Brant - Cabarrus County - District 6
1995 Judy Overcash - Iredell-Statesville - District 7
1994 Lisa Gilliland - Haywood County - District 8
1993 Susan Beeker - Rowan-Salisbury- District 6
1992 Betty Olsen - Cumberland County - District 4
1992 James Weathers - Orange County - District 5
1991 Nancy Jones - Currituck County - District 1

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

For issues on this website, please email Melinda Zarate, Communications Director.  (mzarate.NCATA@gmail.com)

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