Hurd, Calhoun earn teacher, principal of the year honors
LEDGER – Mitchell High School history teacher Matthew Hurd and Gouge Elementary Principal Colby Calhoun this past week were named teacher and principal of the year, respectively, for Mitchell County Schools.
To determine the county’s teacher of the year selection, teachers at each school in the county nominated a colleague. The Retired Teachers Committee then interviewed each candidate and selected Hurd as the winner.
Superintendent Chad Calhoun praised Hurd’s hands-on teaching ability.
“Matt is an outstanding teacher,” Calhoun said. “He does a program on Memorial Day and Veterans Day; he does Constitution Day; he brings in veterans. If you ever get a chance to visit his class, you’ll see he brings history alive.”
Calhoun said Hurd’s students enjoy his class.
“I do follow-up interviews with seniors every year and they have told me Matt is the most fair, honest teacher,” Chad Calhoun said. “They say he treats them equally and with respect.”
The Mitchell County Schools Central Office staff voted for Colby Calhoun as the principal of the year, who said he was surprised by the selection.
Under Colby Calhoun’s direction, Gouge has had six points of growth in the past year – the highest in the county.
“I was extremely surprised,” Colby Calhoun said. “It is a wonderful honor to represent Mitchell County.”
He added his school’s growth is a testament to his hardworking staff.
“I have the best staff anyone could work with,” he said. “We all treat each other as equals. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work.”
Colby Calhoun and Hurd will represent Mitchell County at the state level this fall when nominees from eight different regions across the state will interview for a chance to be nationally recognized.