Here’s hoping Cassandra Ledbetter is hungry.
Ledbetter, a fourth grade teacher at Lake Wylie Elementary School for 15 years, was surprised Oct. 14 when Hubee D’s staff named her October Teacher of the Month. The competition is open to all schools in the Charlotte, Charleston and Athens, Ga., school districts, where the restaurant chain has locations. The award includes a month of free food at the new Hubee D’s in RiverGate shopping center.
Ledbetter is the first winner, and the contest will continue with the same monthly prize through June. Hubee D’s staff said the overwhelming response made Ledbetter the clear choice. She received about 40 recommendations from students and staff.
“She is an amazing teacher and she deserves to be recognized,” said Brooke Bostwick, Lake Wylie Elementary principal.
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A technology teacher mentored by Ledbetter rounded up current and former students to help make nominations. They wrote about how she cares for her class, loves to sing and, as one put it, “isn’t mean.” Ledbetter is the school’s current teacher of the year, and also leads the school chorus club.
“She’s a great mentor,” said Jigna Patel, assistant principal. “She’s a leader.”
Ledbetter, a bit emotional from the surprise, said she’s glad there are programs like the Hubee D’s award for teachers who put in countless hours for their students.
“We work hard, come in early and stay late,” Ledbetter said. “We grade so many papers.”
Having so many students write in their reasons why they appreciate her makes the award that much better.
“There are times we may not feel appreciated, but we know the kids appreciate it,” Ledbetter said.
School staff said Ledbetter should feel appreciated.
“She exhibits so many wonderful qualities as a person and a teacher,” Bostwick said. “She is always positive and professional. She is a great leader and motivator to both students and staff. She is willing to try new things.”