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NNPS-TV video honors Teacher of the Year

With the COVID-19 lock-down keeping large groups from gathering, NNPS-TV took special effort creating a video about the finalists and winner of the Division-Wide Teacher of the Year Award.

Normally, all the Teachers of the Year from each school would be honored at a fancy banquet. The top Elementary, Middle, and High School Teachers of the Year would have already been selected, making them the three finalists for the Division-Wide Teacher of the Year title. The winner from that group would have been announced with NNPS colleagues and administrators in attendance.

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This year, awards season has been quite different, with teachers, staff, and students being surprised with awards at their homes. A "Prize Patrol" of administrators congratulated the three Teacher of the Year finalists,.and later the overall winner enjoyed a "car parade." Administrators and colleagues showed their appreciation by honking, waving, and giving the recipient flowers, balloons, and a yard sign in addition to the award itself.

The NNPS-TV production team was there to capture those festivities for the Teacher of the Year video. NNPS-TV Producer Nik Long shot two prize patrols in three different cities, and also recorded the car parade and presenting of the Division-Wide Teacher of the Year Award.

For the portion of the video about the winner, the team decided to include interviews with students and the proud principal, too, which added a personal touch and made it even more meaningful for the recipient.

The finalists for Teacher of the Year were: TaNesha Hurd Williams, Carver Elementary; Angela Ellsworth-Fair, Huntington Middle; and Ashley Chassard, Menchville High. Chassard, a science teacher, was selected as the Division-Wide Teacher of the Year.

Menchville Principal Bobby Surry chose the students to interview for the video and helped make the arrangements.

Long described the "social distancing" that took place: "During the shoot we wore masks off-camera, kept far apart, staggered the students’ arrival times, used equipment that kept us at a distance, and sanitized it as needed."

Station Manager Jim Anklam, the on-camera expert, gave tips to the students appearing in the video and asked them questions to help guide them.

He edited the interview portion of the video, too, since he was familiar with the content. Production Specialist Aaron Moore edited the rest of the video

Said Anklam, "it turned out to be a wonderful segment because of the heartfelt comments of the students and Bobby [Surry]."