Pitt County Schools names Teacher of the Year

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Rachel Candaso, who is in her fourth year as an educator at Wellcome Middle School, was named the 2024-25 Pitt County Schools Teacher of the Year during an awards banquet sponsored by the Pitt County Farm Bureau at Rock Springs Center on Tuesday.

Currently serving as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher and site coordinator, Candaso initially joined the WMS faculty in 2020 as a sixth-grade English/language arts teacher before instructing within the social studies curriculum during the 2021-22 school year. In addition to her engagement in the PCS Teacher Leadership Institute and RISE Fellow programs, she is an active participant in the Teach for America organization and has served as an advisory board, onboarding team and corps member, and storytelling fellow.

Candaso says, “My day does not stop and start when the school bell rings. My day goes as long as it needs to go. It may be weekends it may be summers. It’s a lot of hours and a lot of hard work but I do it for the students and the students give back to me as much as I give back to them.”

Pitt County Schools also recognized Employees of the Year. Winners honored were Gwendolyn Barnes from Northwest Elementary School (office/clerical), Kokeetha Barnes from Lakeforest Elementary School (custodian), Regina Chappell from H.B. Sugg Elementary School (teacher assistant), Anna Howell from Ayden Middle School (school nutrition employee) and Jacqueline Blount from D.H. Conley High School (school nutrition assistant manager).