By Emnit Dejene and Hydeia Wilfong
Mr. James Ford, a world history teacher, won CMS Teacher of the Year last spring after being nominated by his coworkers, here at Garinger.
Now Mr. Ford is running for N.C. regional teacher of the year, a position he said would help him generate more respect for what he does as a teacher.
After being nominated CMS teacher of the year, Mr. Ford got the opportunity to do a lot of great things. “I get the opportunity to meet important people who make important decisions,” he said.
One prize that was included in being CMS teacher of the year was a brand new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, which he is able to drive for a year.
When asked about what makes him a good teacher, he simply stated that he loved kids and “if you don’t love what you do, it doesn’t make you believable.”
Mr. Ford attended Illinois State and, surprisingly, majored in print Journalism. He even had his own newspaper.
Although at first Mr. Ford wanted to be a journalist, he somehow found his way into being a teacher and loving it. Mr. Ford’s ultimate goal is to be a principal of his own school.
Being nominated for such a huge title comes with competition, but Mr. Ford stated that he does not believe in competition because teachers are all here for the same reason.
“CMS is a good district and I am proud that the teacher of the year came from Garinger,” he said.