Rapping math teacher wins rookie of the year

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 06:04 PM

Monica Doyle, a first-year algebra I teacher at High Point Central High School was named Guilford County Schools’ Rookie Teacher of the Year.
“I feel very honored and shocked because there are so many great teachers,” Doyle said. “It’s a really huge honor and I’m very excited about the future.”
Doyle completed her student teaching at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville then jumped right into teaching at Central.
“I’m kind of just a crazy person. I like to crack jokes,” Doyle said. “I also try to incorporate other art forms, like math raps.”
Robert Christina, principal at Central, said that she makes math fun for her students.
“Her greatest skill set is her ability to engage, relate and enjoy her students,” he said, citing the creative ways she uses music and hands-on activities in her Algebra 1 lessons.
Doyle was named the secondary and overall winner. As the overall winner, Doyle received a tablet computer from Lenovo.
Rhonda Terrell, a teacher at Morehead Elementary, was named the elementary rookie teacher of the year.
Other elementary nominees were Alison Graham at Reedy Fork Elementary and Aaron Murphy at Bessemer Elementary. Pamela Hall, a literacy coach at Kiser Middle, was named the Rosalyn Tanner Orr Mentor of the Year.
“Mrs. Hall has been my rock. Without her guidance in the first few months, my first year of teaching may not have been a success story,” Krista Pool, one of Hall’s mentees.
Hall received $1,000 from the Rosalyn Tanner Orr Endowment from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and a tablet computer from Lenovo. She has been a mentor for 22 years. Other nominees, each of whom received $100, were Mary Olzer of Triangle Lake Montessori, Temple Cantrell of Kiser Middle, Cathy Haywood of Northwest High and Heather McLamb of Pearce Elementary.