LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Public Schools have named their 2011-12 Teacher and Principal of the Year.
Both were honored at a dinner recently held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center in Lumberton.
The Principal of the Year is Tina Coleman, currently the principal at Parkton Elementary School. She lives in Lumberton.
Coleman has worked in the field of education for 26 years. She has taught all grade levels from Kindergarten through eighth grade, including a multiage class and an Exceptional Children’s class.
Before becoming a principal Coleman served as assistant principal. She has been a principal for the past seven years.
Coleman’s educational background include’s having a master’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, and supervision and administration from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
She is married to Mike Coleman, who is employed by BB&T, and has two children. They are Michael, a North Carolina State University graduate and law student at Campbell University, and Lauri-Beth, a freshman at East Carolina University.
The Teacher of the Year is Daryl M. Howington. Howington is now in his fifth year as a teacher at the I.L. Gilbert Middle School.
Howington is a fifth-grade mathematics and science teacher. He also currently serves as the school’s fifth-grade science chairman.
Howington has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a concentration in English, from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in elementary education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
“Many people say that wisdom comes with age, but I believe that it is through experience that we attain wisdom,” the teacher said in a statement. “…The most important factor that facilitated my need to become a teacher was my personal desire to dedicate my life to helping others.”
Howington said he learned from his teachers in the past and today applies what he learned in his classroom.
“Today, I consider molding young minds into real-world problem solving as my greatest contribution to education,” he said.
“Every day I give students more and more confidence in their abilities to become better versions of themselves,” he said. “Whether those students learned something academically, emotionally, or socially, they know that I’m always there for them; nurturing their learning in order to help them become industrious, globally competitive citizens of an ever changing 21st century society.”