Whitt top teacher of the gifted

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Carrington Middle School teacher Jeff Whitt has been named the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the N.C. Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Whitt, an AIG (Academically/Intellectually Gifted) facilitator at Carrington, was the Durham Public Schools Gifted Teacher of the Year.

He is a recognized leader and collaborator among his peers across the district.

“Jeff has non-stop energy that he channels into support for the AIG program at his school,” said DPS Interim Superintendent Hugh Osteen. “Through communication with teachers and families, professional development and community outreach, he works tirelessly to ensure that Carrington Middle School supports its gifted students.”

The award is presented to teachers who exhibit a strong commitment to gifted education through professional experiences, professional organizations and service.

The nominee must be endorsed by the state of North Carolina to teach gifted students and must be teaching with at least three years of teaching experience. 

Each school district is eligible to nominate one candidate from its system for the N.C. Gifted Teacher of the Year.

Whitt received his award at the NCAGT annual conference Feb. 27-28 in Winston-Salem.

Durham School of the Arts principal David Hawks was also recognized there as a finalist for NCAGT Administrator of the Year.