Teacher of the year

Tim Hall (left) of the Vance Virtual Village Academy received Teacher of the Year honors on Thursday from Vance County Schools Superintendent Cindy Bennett.

HENDERSON — Vance County Schools officials have honored Dr. Tim Hall of Vance Virtual Village Academy as its Teacher of the Year, and Pinkston Street Elementary School principal Dr. Jacqueline Batchelor-Crosson as its Principal of the Year.

The district hosted its annual Excellence in Education event on Thursday, in the Atrium at the Center for Innovation on Charles Street. Officials also honored the Beginning Teacher of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year

Hall teaches grades 9-12 social studies (World History, American History I, American History II, Foundational Principles: Civics & Economics), along with AP U.S. History, Psychology and Sociology.

He has been in education for 25 years, having previously served as an assistant principal, principal and director of academics. Hall is in his second year with Vance County Schools.

He said the award “is a recognition of the efforts of the V-3 Academy and our work as educators” on the new program. He also said district officials, colleagues, students and families have been “open and supportive to me as an educator.”

“Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ I believe him,” said Hall, who has degrees from Elon University, East Carolina University and from the Union Institute and University. “I want to help create a better world without oppression, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. I want everyone to reach their highest potential as human beings. And I want to be part of the work that makes those beliefs a reality.”

As Vance County’s Teacher of the Year, Hall will go on to compete for regional and state Teacher of the Year honors.

Batchelor-Crosson has been in education for 20 years. She previously taught kindergarten and third grade, and has been an assistant principal at Pinkston, New Hope Elementary and L.B. Yancey Elementary.

Originally from Bunn, Batchelor-Crosson has spent her educational career with the Vance County Schools. She is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and the University of Phoenix.

“To be nominated and recognized by your peers is such an honor,” she said. “The extreme joy comes with knowing that the work that you do every day has an impact on someone else that feels that you are deserving of such recognition.”

Working In education, “we look for opportunities to capture moments that will build lasting relationships,” she said. “That’s what education does — it’s a seed that is planted and we just watch it grow from a seedling into something fruitful that keeps on giving.”

Vance County High School ninth grade World History teacher Elizabeth Moore was honored as the Beginning Teacher of the Year. She is in her second year of teaching.

Moore is from Reading, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, she said she’s honored by the award and the opportunity to “teach students each week at Vance County High School.”

“It makes me feel good that so many people value what I say, and it motivates me to keep teaching every week,” she said.

Regina Miles of Zeb Vance Elementary School was recognized as the Assistant Principal of the Year. A Henderson native, she has worked for the school district for 20 years as a teacher assistant and bus driver, fourth-grade teacher and previously as an assistant principal at Clarke Elementary.

Thursday’s honor “means I am headed in the right direction in alignment with what the district’s vision is for all our students and staff,” said Miles, who has degrees from East Carolina, Grand Canyon University and N.C. State University.