Imee Idjao 2022 CMS Teacher of the Year
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced the 2022 teacher and teacher assistant of the year during a celebration at Rocky River High School.
Imee Idjao, third-grade teacher at Villa Heights Elementary, was named the 2022 CMS Teacher of the Year. Dotha Howell, a teacher assistant at Reid Park Academy, was named the 2022 CMS Teacher Assistant of the Year.
Idjao's goal as a teacher is to "shine a light on her students' strengths and help them see the special qualities they might not know they have." Her fifth-grade teacher saw something in her that she didn't know she had, and it's an impression she wants to leave for her students. Read more about Idjao here.
Howell has worked in CMS for 20 years. Her journey to Reid Park Academy started with substituting in the Pre-K Exceptional Children department. A year later, she was hired as a full-time teaching assistant. During her tenure at Reid Park, Howell has adapted to the changing landscape of education and how her role fits within those changes. Read more about Howell here.
The celebration was part of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Truist Bank was this year's sponsor and donated $500 to each teacher of the year finalist, with Idjao winning an additional $1,500. Each teacher assistant of the year finalist received $350, and Howell won an additional $1,000. All 12 finalists received $25 gift cards to Publix from Classroom Central.