Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Shauna Leggat

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year is Shauna Leggat. It is safe to say that there is no other teacher in Dare County - or perhaps even the state - with such an extensive and impressive list of qualifications and experiences as Mrs. Leggat.  If that weren’t enough, her imagination and energy when working with students make her a definite star among her peers. Leggat has been at this teaching thing for more than forty years. She has weathered many changes - especially in technology.  But her approach has been basically the same - to excite young learners. This approach was founded in her own childhood, in school, on the job, and with her own children and now, grandchildren.

In 1974, Leggat earned her initial degree from Brigham Young University in Hawaii in English Literature and Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 2005, she earned her Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is certified in Gifted Education, and in 2008 earned her National Board Certification in LIbrary and Media Services.

She has put her energy behind various successful projects and initiatives, such as school-wide family reads. With Assistant Principal Diane Brown she designed and implemented elementary Fiction Diggers!, the precursor to Dare County Schools participation in Elementary Battle of the Books, and has overseen the school Spelling Bee--producing two National Bee competitors in as many years.

Before arriving at Cape Hatteras Elementary, Leggat was the Gifted facilitator and English Language Arts teacher at Manteo Middle School (1995-2002), where she was named NCAGT (North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in 2002. Prior to that, she taught at Culpeper County Schools in Culpepper, Va; at Culpeper County Junior High, and she taught English as a Second Language at eight schools in Fairfax County Va.

She comes from a long legacy of teachers - as far back as her college-educated great-grandmother, born in 1880. She says she didn’t see the “writing on the wall until my first four children, all under kindergarten age, convinced me that every child was someone’s baby, and each deserved an exciting, motivating, challenging education daily.”

Leggat recognizes that her gift is the talent “to motivate kids to reach beyond their own ability and to acquire a passion and healthy competition through learning.” She has been influential in bringing numerous authors and illustrators for school visits, understanding that “contact for even a few hours proves to be a passionate motivator for personal performance in writing and reading, as well as a treasured school memory for students of all abilities.”

CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stands out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

Former student Elizabeth Tawes interned with Leggat. It was then that Tawes says, “She taught me new skills in adaptability and teamwork, but most importantly, she demonstrated to me that teaching is about providing children with the ability to reason and think creatively.” While Leggat’s student, Tawes notes, “I have had teachers of all sorts, in both public and private sectors, and Ms. Leggat stands out as one who has remained an inspiration to me ever since I met her. Without her encouragement to create unique solutions or to think logically, I never would have been confident enough to seek challenges the way I do today. For myself and many other students who have walked the halls of Cape Hatteras Elementary, Shauna Leggat not only epitomizes the teacher of the year, but the teacher of a lifetime.”

Leggat sums, "I am as passionate about children attaining and bursting their own potential as I was when I first realized the power and necessity of quality teaching. I’ve seen much change, and I’m proud to be part of the process.”

 Shauna Leggat

Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Shauna Leggat was recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting at CHES on October 10. CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stand s out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.” From left, BOE member Mary Ellon Ballance, Shauna Leggat and  Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly.

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Shauna Leggat. It is safe to say that there is no other teacher in Dare County - or perhaps even the state - with such an extensive and impressive list of qualifications and experiences as Mrs. Leggat.  If that weren’t enough, her imagination and energy when working with students make her a definite star among her peers. Leggat has been at this teaching thing for more than forty years. She has weathered many changes - especially in technology.  But her approach has been basically the same - to excite young learners. This approach was founded in her own childhood, in school, on the job, and with her own children and now, grandchildren.

 

In 1974, Leggat earned her initial degree from Brigham Young University in Hawaii in English Literature and Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 2005, she earned her Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is certified in Gifted Education, and in 2008 earned her National Board Certification in LIbrary and Media Services.

 

She has put her energy behind various successful projects and initiatives, such as school-wide family reads. With Assistant Principal Diane Brown she designed and implemented elementary Fiction Diggers!, the precursor to Dare County Schools participation in Elementary Battle of the Books, and has overseen the school Spelling Bee--producing two National Bee competitors in as many years.

 

Before arriving at Cape Hatteras Elementary, Leggat was the Gifted facilitator and English Language Arts teacher at Manteo Middle School (1995-2002), where she was named NCAGT (North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in 2002. Prior to that, she taught at Culpeper County Schools in Culpepper, Va; at Culpeper County Junior High, and she taught English as a Second Language at eight schools in Fairfax County Va.

 

She comes from a long legacy of teachers - as far back as her college-educated great-grandmother, born in 1880. She says she didn’t see the “writing on the wall until my first four children, all under kindergarten age, convinced me that every child was someone’s baby, and each deserved an exciting, motivating, challenging education daily.”

 

Leggat recognizes that her gift is the talent “to motivate kids to reach beyond their own ability and to acquire a passion and healthy competition through learning.” She has been influential in bringing numerous authors and illustrators for school visits, understanding that “contact for even a few hours proves to be a passionate motivator for personal performance in writing and reading, as well as a treasured school memory for students of all abilities.”

 

CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stands out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

 

Former student Elizabeth Tawes interned with Leggat. It was then that Tawes says, “She taught me new skills in adaptability and teamwork, but most importantly, she demonstrated to me that teaching is about providing children with the ability to reason and think creatively.” While Leggat’s student, Tawes notes, “I have had teachers of all sorts, in both public and private sectors, and Ms. Leggat stands out as one who has remained an inspiration to me ever since I met her. Without her encouragement to create unique solutions or to think logically, I never would have been confident enough to seek challenges the way I do today. For myself and many other students who have walked the halls of Cape Hatteras Elementary, Shauna Leggat not only epitomizes the teacher of the year, but the teacher of a lifetime.”

 

Leggat sums, "I am as passionate about children attaining and bursting their own potential as I was when I first realized the power and necessity of quality teaching. I’ve seen much change, and I’m proud to be part of the process.”

 

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Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Shauna Leggat was recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting at CHES on October 10. CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stand s out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.” From left, BOE member Mary Ellon Ballance, Shauna Leggat and  Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly.

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Shauna Leggat. It is safe to say that there is no other teacher in Dare County - or perhaps even the state - with such an extensive and impressive list of qualifications and experiences as Mrs. Leggat.  If that weren’t enough, her imagination and energy when working with students make her a definite star among her peers. Leggat has been at this teaching thing for more than forty years. She has weathered many changes - especially in technology.  But her approach has been basically the same - to excite young learners. This approach was founded in her own childhood, in school, on the job, and with her own children and now, grandchildren.

 

In 1974, Leggat earned her initial degree from Brigham Young University in Hawaii in English Literature and Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 2005, she earned her Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is certified in Gifted Education, and in 2008 earned her National Board Certification in LIbrary and Media Services.

 

She has put her energy behind various successful projects and initiatives, such as school-wide family reads. With Assistant Principal Diane Brown she designed and implemented elementary Fiction Diggers!, the precursor to Dare County Schools participation in Elementary Battle of the Books, and has overseen the school Spelling Bee--producing two National Bee competitors in as many years.

 

Before arriving at Cape Hatteras Elementary, Leggat was the Gifted facilitator and English Language Arts teacher at Manteo Middle School (1995-2002), where she was named NCAGT (North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in 2002. Prior to that, she taught at Culpeper County Schools in Culpepper, Va; at Culpeper County Junior High, and she taught English as a Second Language at eight schools in Fairfax County Va.

 

She comes from a long legacy of teachers - as far back as her college-educated great-grandmother, born in 1880. She says she didn’t see the “writing on the wall until my first four children, all under kindergarten age, convinced me that every child was someone’s baby, and each deserved an exciting, motivating, challenging education daily.”

 

Leggat recognizes that her gift is the talent “to motivate kids to reach beyond their own ability and to acquire a passion and healthy competition through learning.” She has been influential in bringing numerous authors and illustrators for school visits, understanding that “contact for even a few hours proves to be a passionate motivator for personal performance in writing and reading, as well as a treasured school memory for students of all abilities.”

 

CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stands out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

 

Former student Elizabeth Tawes interned with Leggat. It was then that Tawes says, “She taught me new skills in adaptability and teamwork, but most importantly, she demonstrated to me that teaching is about providing children with the ability to reason and think creatively.” While Leggat’s student, Tawes notes, “I have had teachers of all sorts, in both public and private sectors, and Ms. Leggat stands out as one who has remained an inspiration to me ever since I met her. Without her encouragement to create unique solutions or to think logically, I never would have been confident enough to seek challenges the way I do today. For myself and many other students who have walked the halls of Cape Hatteras Elementary, Shauna Leggat not only epitomizes the teacher of the year, but the teacher of a lifetime.”

 

Leggat sums, "I am as passionate about children attaining and bursting their own potential as I was when I first realized the power and necessity of quality teaching. I’ve seen much change, and I’m proud to be part of the process.”

 

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Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Shauna Leggat was recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting at CHES on October 10. CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stand s out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.” From left, BOE member Mary Ellon Ballance, Shauna Leggat and  Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly.

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Shauna Leggat. It is safe to say that there is no other teacher in Dare County - or perhaps even the state - with such an extensive and impressive list of qualifications and experiences as Mrs. Leggat.  If that weren’t enough, her imagination and energy when working with students make her a definite star among her peers. Leggat has been at this teaching thing for more than forty years. She has weathered many changes - especially in technology.  But her approach has been basically the same - to excite young learners. This approach was founded in her own childhood, in school, on the job, and with her own children and now, grandchildren.

 

In 1974, Leggat earned her initial degree from Brigham Young University in Hawaii in English Literature and Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 2005, she earned her Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is certified in Gifted Education, and in 2008 earned her National Board Certification in LIbrary and Media Services.

 

She has put her energy behind various successful projects and initiatives, such as school-wide family reads. With Assistant Principal Diane Brown she designed and implemented elementary Fiction Diggers!, the precursor to Dare County Schools participation in Elementary Battle of the Books, and has overseen the school Spelling Bee--producing two National Bee competitors in as many years.

 

Before arriving at Cape Hatteras Elementary, Leggat was the Gifted facilitator and English Language Arts teacher at Manteo Middle School (1995-2002), where she was named NCAGT (North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in 2002. Prior to that, she taught at Culpeper County Schools in Culpepper, Va; at Culpeper County Junior High, and she taught English as a Second Language at eight schools in Fairfax County Va.

 

She comes from a long legacy of teachers - as far back as her college-educated great-grandmother, born in 1880. She says she didn’t see the “writing on the wall until my first four children, all under kindergarten age, convinced me that every child was someone’s baby, and each deserved an exciting, motivating, challenging education daily.”

 

Leggat recognizes that her gift is the talent “to motivate kids to reach beyond their own ability and to acquire a passion and healthy competition through learning.” She has been influential in bringing numerous authors and illustrators for school visits, understanding that “contact for even a few hours proves to be a passionate motivator for personal performance in writing and reading, as well as a treasured school memory for students of all abilities.”

 

CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stands out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

 

Former student Elizabeth Tawes interned with Leggat. It was then that Tawes says, “She taught me new skills in adaptability and teamwork, but most importantly, she demonstrated to me that teaching is about providing children with the ability to reason and think creatively.” While Leggat’s student, Tawes notes, “I have had teachers of all sorts, in both public and private sectors, and Ms. Leggat stands out as one who has remained an inspiration to me ever since I met her. Without her encouragement to create unique solutions or to think logically, I never would have been confident enough to seek challenges the way I do today. For myself and many other students who have walked the halls of Cape Hatteras Elementary, Shauna Leggat not only epitomizes the teacher of the year, but the teacher of a lifetime.”

 

Leggat sums, "I am as passionate about children attaining and bursting their own potential as I was when I first realized the power and necessity of quality teaching. I’ve seen much change, and I’m proud to be part of the process.”

 

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Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Shauna Leggat was recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting at CHES on October 10. CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stand s out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.” From left, BOE member Mary Ellon Ballance, Shauna Leggat and  Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly.

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year is Shauna Leggat. It is safe to say that there is no other teacher in Dare County - or perhaps even the state - with such an extensive and impressive list of qualifications and experiences as Mrs. Leggat.  If that weren’t enough, her imagination and energy when working with students make her a definite star among her peers. Leggat has been at this teaching thing for more than forty years. She has weathered many changes - especially in technology.  But her approach has been basically the same - to excite young learners. This approach was founded in her own childhood, in school, on the job, and with her own children and now, grandchildren.

 

In 1974, Leggat earned her initial degree from Brigham Young University in Hawaii in English Literature and Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 2005, she earned her Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. She is certified in Gifted Education, and in 2008 earned her National Board Certification in LIbrary and Media Services.

 

She has put her energy behind various successful projects and initiatives, such as school-wide family reads. With Assistant Principal Diane Brown she designed and implemented elementary Fiction Diggers!, the precursor to Dare County Schools participation in Elementary Battle of the Books, and has overseen the school Spelling Bee--producing two National Bee competitors in as many years.

 

Before arriving at Cape Hatteras Elementary, Leggat was the Gifted facilitator and English Language Arts teacher at Manteo Middle School (1995-2002), where she was named NCAGT (North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted in 2002. Prior to that, she taught at Culpeper County Schools in Culpepper, Va; at Culpeper County Junior High, and she taught English as a Second Language at eight schools in Fairfax County Va.

 

She comes from a long legacy of teachers - as far back as her college-educated great-grandmother, born in 1880. She says she didn’t see the “writing on the wall until my first four children, all under kindergarten age, convinced me that every child was someone’s baby, and each deserved an exciting, motivating, challenging education daily.”

 

Leggat recognizes that her gift is the talent “to motivate kids to reach beyond their own ability and to acquire a passion and healthy competition through learning.” She has been influential in bringing numerous authors and illustrators for school visits, understanding that “contact for even a few hours proves to be a passionate motivator for personal performance in writing and reading, as well as a treasured school memory for students of all abilities.”

 

CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stands out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.”

 

Former student Elizabeth Tawes interned with Leggat. It was then that Tawes says, “She taught me new skills in adaptability and teamwork, but most importantly, she demonstrated to me that teaching is about providing children with the ability to reason and think creatively.” While Leggat’s student, Tawes notes, “I have had teachers of all sorts, in both public and private sectors, and Ms. Leggat stands out as one who has remained an inspiration to me ever since I met her. Without her encouragement to create unique solutions or to think logically, I never would have been confident enough to seek challenges the way I do today. For myself and many other students who have walked the halls of Cape Hatteras Elementary, Shauna Leggat not only epitomizes the teacher of the year, but the teacher of a lifetime.”

 

Leggat sums, "I am as passionate about children attaining and bursting their own potential as I was when I first realized the power and necessity of quality teaching. I’ve seen much change, and I’m proud to be part of the process.”

 

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Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Shauna Leggat was recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting at CHES on October 10. CHES Principal Sherry Couch describes Leggat as “Hands down, the most creative, energetic person on my staff. She carries an extraordinary passion for learning and a genuine enthusiasm for working with children. Ms. Leggat is an outstanding educator who inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers, who stand s out even among her accomplished colleagues. She recognizes the diverse learning styles of her students and is somehow able to provide each child with an instructional experience that allows him or her to feel included, fully engaged, and, most importantly, eager to learn.” From left, BOE member Mary Ellon Ballance, Shauna Leggat and  Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly.