Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award Recipients

Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Wells Fargo, N.A., Business Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President Keith Crumpler presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-work glass apple to the following three educators during the April 12 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting:

Elementary Teacher Award – Brittany Horne, a teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund “Strengthening Minds and Bodies through Gross Motor Activities.”  Through the project, approximately 32 children, ages 4 – 5, will be able to take part in activities each day during recess that strengthens their gross motor skills. The funds will be used to purchase platform stilts, a two-wheel scooter, a 12” tricycle with helmets, a four-ring basketball hoop and an active-play gross motor kit that includes hoola hoops, juggling balls, jump ropes, etc. The students will be tested at the beginning and end of the school year to see evidence of growth.

Secondary Teacher Award – Tatum Weaver, a teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, will implement an “Arts in Social Studies” project that will allow her to insert hands-on activities into her social studies classroom. Grant funds will be used to purchase an Art in History kit that provides materials to help her Civics and Economics students recreate Colonial teapots from the American Revolution. Through the one-time project, students will learn what led to the Revolution, Colonial life during this era as well as enjoy a fun, hands-on activity that will improve their retention of information.

Administrator Award – Todd Yardis, the principal of Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, will use the funds to develop a makerspace in the school’s media center where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover by using a variety of tools and materials. The makerspace will help support the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, which has an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Through the funding, a doodling pen, Legos, and a 3-D printer are a few of the tools students will be able to use in the makerspace to help spark their creativity and sharpen their technology, research and problem-solving skills.

Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators of the Year 2016 (Horne, Yardis & Weaver)

Pictured are (l – r) Brittany Horne from Cumberland Road Elementary School, Todd Yardis from Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, and Tatum Weaver from Cumberland International Early College High School.


Published on April 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd