The connection and relationships that Sherrie Hines shares with her students are attributes that Ashe County Middle School Principal Bobby Ashley would use to describe the 2009-2010 Ashe County Schools Teacher of the Year. Hines is a math teacher at Ashe County Middle School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in middle grades education and is certified to teach in both the math and science fields. Hines is not a stranger to the friendly confines of the countys only middle school as she has instructed classes at the Warrensville based school for the past seven academic years. Hiness track record as an educator includes numerous certifications. She is a certified fast-track trainer for Texas Instruments and has trained 200 educators across North Carolina in how to use the TI-Navigator system. Hines has also served as a lead math teacher for the Appalachian Regional Math and Science partnership, which is a regional alliance established to meet professional development needs of math and science teachers, the press release stated. She has also presented at several state conferences. The process to select the countys annual teacher of the year recipient is one that chooses the teacher out of a pool of candidates that represents each county school. Hines was chosen from a list of five potential candidates. Instrumental music and band teacher Scott Turnmyre was this years Ashe County High School Teacher of the Year. Third grade teacher Courtney Eller was Blue Ridge Elementary Schools selection and literary specialist Ruth Turnmire was Mountain Views candidate. Technology facilitator, Billie Gardner of Westwood Elementary, was also in the running for this years award. The distinguished award is given annually to the most qualified candidate and is based on each candidates portfolio entry and formal interview, the press release stated. Ashley explained how Hines has exhibited all the necessary traits of a teacher of the year candidate. She is a veteran teacher who is obviously very well respected by the staff, Ashley said. Mrs. Hines is just an outstanding educator. Ashley also stated that the students at ACMS have also enjoyed Hiness services as an educator. If you were to interview a student at ACMS, they would tell you that Mrs. Hines is their favorite teacher, shes just a wonderful teacher. Education was not Hiness first choice. Originally a biology major, Hines decided to switch her major during her third year of college after a visit to a local school with her friend who was an education major. After just one day, I knew I wanted to become a teacher, Hines said. Hines said that what she really enjoys as an educator is being able to work with the children of Ashe County. Just being able to work with the kids is what I love most about being teacher, Hines said. They all have a great personality and they are all so intelligent, it just makes the day fly by when I have the opportunity to work with them. The decision to instruct mathematics and natural sciences stemmed in part from her observation that math is a part of everyday life and it is an easy subject to teach because she has noticed how the students can see the subjects application to real life situations. Hines is now eligible to compete in the Northwest North Carolina Teacher of the Year competition, which will begin this September. For more information about the North Carolina Teacher of the Year program, please visit www.ncpublicschools.org/recruitment/recognition/toy/.