Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Salisbury Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers

Salisbury, NC (Tuesday, January 25, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year.

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Salisbury.

Angela Galloway is a nine-year educator and teaches classes from 1st grade through the 6th grade at Yadkin Path Montessori.

The nomination for Galloway was glowing saying, “Mrs. Galloway has moved from a traditional curriculum to a Montessori one with dedication and grace. At her previous school, she taught to the students' strengths while challenging their weaknesses and though she has not trained in Montessori, we hired her for that very quality, to engage our inaugural Elementary Classroom. In Montessori, the Elementary classroom encompasses grades 1 - 6, so the teacher has to be a great generalist. She individualizes instruction per child. She comprehends each child's developmental plane. She teaches herself how to use specific Montessori materials and then conveys individual lessons to the children in her classroom.  She tends to the emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual (not religious) needs of each child in her classroom. And she has created a welcoming, homey, and inviting classroom space.”

Galloway was given the award on Tuesday, January 25th, in an event at Yadkin Path Montessori.

"I get a lot of joy from teaching. One of the reasons it’s so rewarding is watching the children grow. Seeing them be proud of themselves when they accomplish something they couldn’t before. It brings me the most joy to watch them grow,” said Galloway.

Additionally, the nomination for Galloway said, “Mrs. Galloway is an insightful and compassionate model of inquisitive and exploratory learning.”

Galloway (left) pictured with PEFNC's Allison Guenther (Director of External Affairs)