Honor a Teacher Awards Ceremony 2012


Honor a Teacher

Honor a Teacher Awards

A few years ago Smith & Smith, CPA was asked to participate as a sponsor in the Cary Chamber Honor a Teacher Awards Ceremony.  The sponsorship included a $1,000 commitment to a local school of the business choice.  Teachers from that school would be nominated by staff/parents and members of the Cary Chamber Education Committee would interview the top finalist.  A winner would be selected and would receive a nice crystal plaque and a check for $1,000, with NO STIPULATION on how to use the money. 


 Smith & Smith, CPA has several family members who have served as educators, so we felt like this would be a wonderful opportunity for our firm to give back and be involved in our local education system.  In 2011 we sponsored Alston Ridge Elementary School.  This year we had the pleasure of sponsoring Green Hope High School. I asked my mother-in-law (and former teacher for 17-years), Sharon Smith, and my sister-in-law, (former Physical Education and Softball Coach), Brooke Smith, to help me with the interviews. We met with our nominees in mid-April and had a wonderful time getting to know all of them!  Our nominees were: Cora Conde, Christopher Gaw, Erin Hussey, Melissa Poppe, Tracey Weigold and Al Ellis.  We asked each teacher the same questions and spent about 15 minutes with each one.  After much debate, it was a unanimous decision that Christopher Gaw was our winner. Gaw (as he likes to be called) had the entire package and really connected well with us during his interview. 

Large crowd of nearly 400

We were impressed with his teaching philosophy and encouraged at how the events of Columbine led him into a teaching career.  Gaw says he has an “Indiana Jones” style of teaching and believes heavily in cooperative learning.  Some of his strengths in teaching include: relating well with kids, using stories from his corporate background (he is a lateral entry teacher), and teaching ethics to his students.  Gaw is a CTE Computer Programming teacher at Green Hope High School and works in the Career & Technical Education department.  He is a proud alumnus for both NCSU and Campbell University.  He also has a strong relationship with NetApp, a company for which Smith & Smith, CPA has a strong presence among many of their employees.  The Honor a Teacher Awards Ceremony as held on May 14th 2012 at Koka Booth Amphitheater.  Despite the rainy day, there was a crowd of nearly 400 people as 26 awards were presented.  I was pleased to have Bob join me for the Honor a Teacher Awards Presentation.  The winning teachers weren’t announced until that evening, so nearly all of the nominees were there from each school.  I was so pleased to see all of the teachers from Green Hope present.  I wish I’d had $1,000 check for each of them as they were all so wonderful.  Gaw was very surprised and very humble.  We wish him the best of luck and look forward to an ongoing relationship with him and Green Hope High School.  Thank you to the Cary Chamber for this wonderful Honor a Teacher opportunity.

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