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Atkinson named 2022-23 Chatham County Schools Instructional Assistant of the Year

PITTSBORO — North Chatham Elementary School’s Nanette Atkinson has been selected as the 2022-23 Instructional Assistant of the Year for Chatham County Schools.

Atkinson has been with Chatham County Schools for 10 years. She serves as an instructional assistant for multiple grade levels.

“I am so excited,” Atkinson said after the announcement was made Friday, May 6. “I love my students and being in the classroom. North Chatham is like my family, and I am really proud to contribute to helping our kids learn and grow.”

Atkinson has developed a strong bond with her students through her role as an instructional assistant and bus driver.

“I believe that dedication to the students should not be just instructional but emotional as well,” she said. “School is a second home for many of our students and it should be a place that they are excited to come to. 

North Chatham Elementary School Principal Dr. Janice Giles praised Atkinson’s work with students and the relationships she has built with colleagues.

“Ms. Atkinson really deserves this honor,” said North Chatham Elementary School Principal Dr. Janice Giles. “She is always willing to help out wherever she’s needed. She’s wonderful with the children. And she brings a great attitude every day that is infectious.”

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said CCS instructional assistants’ contributions to the educational process are vital.

“Our instructional assistants do so much in our classrooms to ensure our students are receiving high-quality instruction,” Jackson said. “Ms. Atkinson’s energy, rapport with students and attitude make her an outstanding Instructional Assistant of the Year.”