NC-PIMS Lead Teacher Maggie Lineberger, of North Brunswick High School was recently selected as the Brunswick County Teacher of the Year. Presented here is a reprint of the Star News Online article that highlights Maggie's achievement. Congratulations, Maggie!
Maggie Lineberger presents NC-PIMS Professional Development to her fellow teachers.
Brunswick selects Teacher of the Year
Reprinted from The Star News Online. The original article is located here.
OCEAN ISLE BEACH | A home-grown product was selected 2006 Brunswick County Teacher of the Year on Friday for helping improve the quality and content of mathematics teaching in schools countywide.
Maggie Lineberger, a math teacher at North Brunswick High School, was named at a celebratory luncheon honoring the individual teachers of the year for the county’s 16 public schools.
Lineberger, who earned a master’s degree in education last year from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is completing her fifth year of teaching.
She grew up on Oak Island and attended Southport Elementary, South Brunswick Middle and South Brunswick High, where she was valedictorian. Lineberger is a business administration graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and lived briefly in Rowan County before returning to Brunswick to continue a family tradition.
As Brunswick Superintendent Katie McGee said in announcing the honor, Lineberger comes from a “teaching family.” Her mother, Sally Lineberger, teaches at South Brunswick Middle. McGee said the young teacher already has a growing list of accomplishments and responsibilities.
McGee praised Lineberger “as a teacher who is engaged in lifelong learning, and one that enjoys every day in school.” She said Lineberger not only is a regular classroom teacher to students but also serves the entire school district in her duties.
Out of the classroom, Lineberger conducts math content instruction seminars for mathematics teachers at the other schools. And, yes, the superintendent said, she’s also the head coach for the girls’ track team at North Brunswick High.
Her voice quaking but wearing a smile, the 26-year-old Lineberger thanked school administration and the teacher review committee, her mother for instilling the love of teaching in her, and her fellow teachers, particularly Leslie Newman, last year’s teacher of the year.
“I’m honored to represent the county,” Lineberger said at The Isles Restaurant, where the teacher recognition ceremonies took place. “I love what I do, so I guess that makes it easy. Once I graduated, I knew that this is what I wanted to do, and I knew I had to come back to Brunswick County to do it.”
North Brunswick Principal Deanne Meadows said Lineberger is a vital part of the school’s freshman academy and works closely with Newman – the two are self-described best friends – to ensure younger students make an effective academic transition to high school.
Lineberger received a $2,500 cash prize from BB&T along with other gifts donated by the Brunswick County Association of Educators and county businesses. She also got an engraved school bell on a plaque to display in her classroom.
Lineberger, whose given name is Margaret “but I have never answered to it,” said once the school year ends in June, it will mark the first time that she won’t segue into another classroom situation – either learning or teaching – since she was 4 years old. She said she might travel.
As the county’s top teacher, Lineberger is automatically entered into regional consideration by the state Department of Public Instruction for District Teacher of the Year for the southeast region.
Paul Jefferson: 343-2327