Queens Grant Elementary School teacher receives national recognition

Principal, Krista Tolchin and Mr & Mrs. Tucker. (Ed Berti)
Mr. & Mrs. Tucker and family members. (Ed Berti)
Students watching the awards ceremony. (Ed Berti)
Brian Britton, President/CEO, National Heritage Academies making a point.  (Ed Berti)

The Queens Grant Community School had three teachers receive national recognition from the National Heritage Academies.

Mrs. Brittany Tucker a 1st grade teacher received the major award of “Excellence in Teaching” and obtained a $1000 check to be used for hands on classroom material, more books, technology and teaching aides for special programs.  Also, she received a $3500 check for her own personal use as the winning nominee.

Mr. Daniel Myers and Ms. April Rider were finalists and they both received a $400 Excellence in Teaching award for their efforts and dedication to the teaching profession.

“To have three teachers from the same school as finalists is certainly an exception to the norm,” said Brian Britton, President/CEO for the National Heritage Academies based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The organization is a network of 89 public charter schools serving more than 59,000 students in 9 states.  Their early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs are designed to prepare youngsters to build a solid foundation for high school, college and into adulthood.  All the schools in the program share a common vision, while individual schools have the flexibility to tailor their academic programs to meet the specific needs of their community.

School principal Krista Tolchin was very excited and pleased to have three teachers on the staff being selected as finalists.  “It just shows how fortunate we are at our school to have such devoted, dedicated and professional teachers working with our students everyday,” said Tolchin.



Mrs. Tucker was shocked when her name was mentioned as the winner of this years award.  “I’m grateful for the opportunity, thanks to principal Tolchin and all the other teachers.  Also, a huge thank you to the school team for helping me make the transition to the first grade team and the support received from the National Heritage Academies.”

The Queens Grant Community School is a Charter School located in downtown Mint Hill where a student can receive a private school education with a tuition free benefit of a public school.  Once students graduate from the middle school they have the option to attend a private, public, or Queens Grant High School, a Charter School to complete their education before they move on to college, technical schools and other endeavors.




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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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