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6709 Pence Road
Charlotte, NC 28215
Courier #: 410
P: 980-343-6464  |  F: 980-343-6517 
Principal: Matthew Bower
LC: Central 1
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: PreK-5
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Congratulations to our 2018-19 Teacher of the Year & Teacher Assistant of the Year!!!

Ms. Dachiu-Teacher of the Year


There is so much to be said about Ms. Dachiu and her ability to lead in and out of the classroom, so the best way to describe it would be to say that she truly walks the walk of our school motto “no sidelines” in every role that she holds. When it comes to how she serves students, adults, and even our staff, she is an example for all of her colleagues in regard to her hard work, dedication, and passion. Not only does she work to build strong relationships with her students but she also does this with their families by attending school events, class Dojo, emails, texts, phone calls, conferences…she always makes herself available to parents/families. She even does our school Dojo story, which serves as communication for all families in our school. In her classroom students are consistently given the opportunity to think at high levels through her questioning, the activities she provides, the opportunity to use technology aligned to their data, and the conversations they are asked to engage in. She does an amazing job of leading her team around best practices and how to plan and implement high-level engaging lessons. We are so excited to celebrate such an outstanding teacher as Hickory Grove’s Teacher of the year for the 2018-2019 school year.

Ms. Whittaker-Teacher Assistant of the Year


Ms. Whittaker has been selected as Hickory Grove’s Teacher Assistant of the year for the 2018-2019 school year. This acknowledgement is so well deserving when looking at the positive impact Ms. Whittaker has across our school community. Ms. Whittaker is always flexible and willing to do whatever it takes to support students and teachers. She does a great job of providing a high level of customer service to staff members and students that she serves in each classroom throughout the building. She makes it a point to develop relationships with the students so that she can motivate them to work hard when they are with her and so she can really move them academically. Ms. Whittaker works with teachers to meet the diverse needs of students across the grade levels she serves. She always interacts with a high level of professionalism with all stakeholders and remains in constant communication with teachers. She is always reflecting and evaluating on the instruction and support that she is providing to her students and leverages the support of teachers to provide any additional support. Hickory Grove Elementary is so fortunate to have such a dedicated, hardworking assistant that keeps student achievement as her focus with each of her assigned tasks.



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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