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Alamance-Burlington Schools Teacher of the Year to be Named at Sept. 4 Event


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Charles Canaday                                                
President, North Carolina Banking                      
American National Bank and Trust Company      

Jenny Faulkner                                                                              
Public Information Officer                                                                                
Alamance-Burlington Schools                                         

Patrick H. Harman, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Hayden-Harman Foundation

Barbara Massey
Vice President
Workforce and Leadership Development
Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce

H. Walker Saunders                          
Alamance Foundation            
336.379.9100, ext. 112                                                

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                September 3, 2013

BURLINGTON, NC – The Alamance-Burlington Schools Teacher of the Year will be named at tomorrow’s 2013 Excellence in Education Award program, presented by American National Bank and Trust Company. The winner, to be selected from one of the six finalists below, will advance in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Teacher of the Year competition.

Alamance-Burlington Schools Teacher of the Year Finalists include (listed alphabetically):
1. Giselle Elias, 6th-8th Grade Reading and English Language Arts Teacher, Broadview Middle School;
2. DeAnna Foust-Platt, 6th-8th Grade English Language Arts and Reading Teacher, Ray Street Academy;
3. Stephanie Porpiglia, 3rd Grade Teacher, South Graham Elementary School;
4. Chrissy Stein, 10th and 12th Grade English Teacher, Southern Alamance High School;
5. Sharon Thompson, 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Western Middle School; and
6. Rob Wooten, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Turrentine Middle School

Tomorrow’s award program, to be held at Alamance-Burlington Schools’ Career and Technical Education Center, will also publicly recognize other area educators. Deloris Ann Poser, 1st Grade Teacher at Burlington Christian Academy, will be honored for the independent schools category, and Alma B. Thompson, Medical-Surgical Nursing Teacher at Alamance Community College, will be recognized for the higher education category.

Numerous other educators were selected as semi-finalists or nominees throughout the process.*

American National and the Hayden-Harman Foundation present the Teacher of the Year winner with a $2,000 cash award, the school of the winning teacher with a $1,000 cash award, finalists with $1,000 each and semi-finalists with $500 each. Nominees from the remaining 26 schools each receive a $100 cash award from the Alamance Foundation.

“American National is excited to once again serve as presenting sponsor of this noteworthy award program for our well-deserving teachers,” stated Charles Canaday, President of North Carolina Banking at American National Bank and Trust Company. “We count it an honor and a privilege to reward these teachers who have put forth countless hours of dedication and energy for our students’ success.”

“Our educators are a vibrant thread in the fabric of our society, and the Hayden-Harman Foundation is pleased to play a part in rewarding them for their efforts,” said Patrick H. Harman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Hayden-Harman Foundation. “We hope the awards will help further ignite these teachers’ passion for bringing world-class experiences to the classroom.”

The selection process for the Alamance-Burlington Schools Teacher of the Year award began with 36 educators nominated as Teacher of the Year by their respective schools. A selection committee facilitated by the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce in coordination with Alamance-Burlington Schools reviewed nominee portfolios, interviewed the 12 selected semi-finalists and determined the six finalists and the winner. Area independent schools also submitted nominees for public recognition and the naming of a finalist for the independent schools category. Additionally, Alamance Community College’s Teacher of the Year is recognized for the higher education category at the award program.

About American National

American National Bankshares Inc. is a multi-state bank holding company with total assets of approximately $1.3 billion. Headquartered in Danville, Va., American National is the parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company. American National Bank is a community bank serving southern and central Virginia and north central North Carolina with 25 banking offices and two loan production offices. American National Bank and Trust Company also manages an additional $586 million of trust, investment and brokerage assets in its Trust and Investment Services Division. Additional information about the company and the bank is available on the bank's website at www.amnb.com.

Shares of American National are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "AMNB."


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