November Alumni Spotlight, Keana Triplett

A Life-Changing Year: Keana Triplett reflects on the time she spent as The North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016. Meeting administrators, working with other teachers and reaching more children through her travels this year has allowed Keana to learn and grow as an educator. “With all of this, the vantage point I have been afforded has taught me that no matter how difficult this profession may be, it is the most worthy calling, and one I am proud to share with so many incredible educators in our great state.”

Graduating from Appalachian State in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, Keana returned to Reich to receive her master’s degree in Educational Technology in 2010. Teaching English at Ashe County High School, Keana received the exciting news that she would be the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for North Carolina. Traveling all over North Carolina, to San Antonio for the 2016 State Teachers of the Year Conference; to Huntsville, Alabama to visit the United States Space Camp, and finally to Washington, D.C. to meet the President and Vice President of the United States., were all once-in-a-lifetime experiences that Keana will always remember.

“With everything this year has taught me about myself, my state, and our education system, I know that I am much more prepared to face the daily issues that arise in the high school classroom, but I am also even more passionate about encouraging struggling educators and inspiring future teachers.”

Keana made time in her busy schedule to spend a weekend last November with the seniors from the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) in Ocracoke Island, NC. Serving as one of the guest speakers, the retreat covered topics that included teacher leadership, brain based research, teacher evaluation instrument, and classroom management strategies. “The weekend made me proud to teach in North Carolina, but it made me even more proud to be a Mountaineer!”

Returning to her classroom has been a homecoming of sorts. Though Keana embraced her time as Teacher of The Year, she was ready to take on another new role as English teacher at Watauga High School, right here in Boone.

“With everything this year has taught me about myself, my state, and our education system, I know that I am much more prepared to face the daily issues that arise in the high school classroom, but I am also even more passionate about encouraging struggling educators and inspiring future teachers.”

Be sure to thank a teacher like Keana for our Education Week #TeacherImpact contest. Tag us @AppstateRCOE! The contest will run until Friday, 11/4.

 

Published: Oct 18, 2016 2:39pm

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