Written By: Karen Hyler, Rockingham County Schools
Rockingham County, NC - Jon Williams, social studies teacher at McMichael High, was selected as the 2012-13 recipient of the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award, Secondary
Williams will receive a $20,000 cash prize, one of the largest monetary prizes of any teaching award in the country.
The Waddill Award is presented annually to two outstanding public or private school teachers who are Wake Forest alumni. A panel of judges select one elementary and one secondary teacher from dozens of nominations from across the country.
The award, named for Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Marcellus Waddill, was created in 1994 and is funded by his son, David Waddill.
Williams was honored with a surprise visit from Mary Lynn Redmond, chair of Wake Forest University's Education Department, at McMichael High's faculty meeting on August 27. Redmond presented Williams with a plaque and his first installment check.
He will receive his second installment check in the spring and will be recognized at Wake Forest's Founders' Day Convocation next February.