The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School System (CHCCS) has named Lauren Boening – a third grade teacher at Morris Grove Elementary – as their 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

Boening has been teaching for seven years and received her bachelor of arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to the honorary title, Boening also received a $1,000 check and gifts from local businesses.

Two other teachers were given special recognition: Terra Hodge of Culbreth Middle School and Anna Kohler of the UNC Hospital School. They each received checks for $500 and gifts from area businesses.

Other staff awards were also given at the annual Recognition Reception, which was held May 11 at Carrboro High School. Speaking there, CHCCS superintendent Pamela Baldwin praised everyone in attendance and called their work an “inspiration.”

“All of the CHCCS staff members honored tonight have something in common: they put the needs of our students at the top of their to-do list every time they walk into their buildings,” Baldwin said. “The annual Recognition Reception is an opportunity to put the spotlight on these amazing educators, and show them the thanks and honor they deserve for all their effort, hard-work and accomplishments.”

The annual Recognition Reception is hosted in collaboration with the Public School Foundation.

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