ROANOKE, VA (September 15, 2014)-- Ms. Lee Ann Sigmon-Farley, Sixth and Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher at North Cross School, was named the 2015 recipient of the Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching at the school’s Founders’ Day ceremony on January 30, 2015, in the Carter Athletic Center.
Now in its fifteenth year, the Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a faculty member who has a minimum of three years teaching experience at North Cross School, expertise in his or her field, and the ability to effectively communicate that expertise/knowledge, the desire and commitment to grow professionally, and participation in the greater School community through co-curricular activities. Nominations for the award are made by the faculty, staff, and students at North Cross School.
Ms. Farley has been teaching at North Cross School for 20 years. Not only does she teach reading, writing, and grammar, but she also used to be in charge of the middle school plays, taught HORIZONS (a drug awareness and self-esteem class), and organized the school spelling bees. Not to mention her love of all things “Hobbit,” from homemade t-shirts about the book to private viewings of the movies, every middle school student has a fond place for this book in their heart because of Ms. Farley.
Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher, Mrs. Robin Garrett, said, “Ms. Farley is a master at connecting with students. They all feel a sense of belonging in her classroom because she creates a community atmosphere, which is most important to middle school students.”
Lee Ann earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College and her Master’s Degree from Radford University. In addition to teaching, Ms. Farley is passionate about photography (mostly birds and flowers), her farm in Floyd, and her family, especially her daughter, Emily Farley of Virginia Beach; son, Calin Farley, his wife, Mindy, and her two grandchildren, Lola Gail and Jakeob, all of Floyd, VA.
Ms. Farley will receive a stipend in recognition of the accomplishment.
Past recipients include:
2014 – Fifth Grade Teacher, Victor Lamas
2013 – Band Director, Jimmie Donnini
2012 – Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Stephen Belderes
2011 – First Grade Teacher, Eileen Strulson
2010 – Middle School History Teacher, Dave Calvert (retired)
2009 – Middle School History Teacher, Heather Lawrence
2008 – Upper School History Teacher, Richard Cook
2007 – Upper School English Teacher, Gates DeHart (retired)
2006 – First Grade Teacher, Betsy Cook
2005 – Middle School Science Teacher, Sandy Patterson
2004 – Early Childhood Teacher, Temple Glenn (retired)
2003 – Upper School Science Teacher, Jerry Maycock (retired)
2002 – Middle and Upper School Latin Teacher, Margaret Grayson (retired)
2001 – Fifth Grade Teacher, Mary Lou Sallade (retired)
About North Cross School
North Cross School is a college-preparatory day school grounded in a strong liberal arts and science curriculum combined with exceptional co-curricular programs. The academic program, from junior kindergarten through twelfth grade, prepares students to become responsible, successful citizens by encouraging them to explore their interests and develop their talents. The school is located at 4254 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA, 24018. For more information, visit www.northcross.org.