Hoke school board honors employee for regional award

The award was given by the NC Association of Career and Technical Education

Dr. Anita Grove (left) stands with Dr. Dana Chavis (right) - from Hoke County Schools

At the Hoke County Board of Education meeting on April 16, the school board recognized a district staff member who had recently been honored with a regional award.

Anita Grove, a 27-year employee with Hoke County Schools, was named the Sandhills Region’s Curriculum and Instructional Management Coordinator (CIMC) of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education.

Grove works for the school district’s career and technical education (CTE) department in a role focusing on curriculum and instructional management.

“I just want to say it is a genuine honor to be recognized by my peers, yet what I’m most proud of is being a part of the Hoke County Schools educational community,” Grove said to the school board members. “In addition to my mother, I want to thank all of you that have contributed to my growth.”

At the board meeting, the award was presented by Dana Chavis, who serves as the career and technical education executive director for Hoke County Schools and works alongside Grove in the district’s CTE department.

“Dr. Grove was recognized by the Sandhills Region as the representative for our whole region as the Curriculum and Instructional Management Coordinator,” Chavis said. “Dr. Grove has dedicated her past 27 years to Hoke County Schools. She has consistently exemplified excellence in every aspect of her role. Her unwavering dedication and compassion and expertise is evident in our department.”

Chavis continued: “Throughout her tenure as a CTE business educator, career development coordinator, special populations coordinator, and currently our curriculum and instructional management coordinator, Dr. Grove has demonstrated steadfast commitment to both her colleagues and her students.”

In an official statement from Hoke County Schools, the district wrote that Grove “epitomizes the essence of excellence within our educational institution” because of her dedication to the students, friendly demeanor, and unique instructional techniques.

“Her innovative teaching methods and nurturing demeanor have set high standards for educational excellence and inspire those around her to strive for greatness,” Chavis said. “Dr. Grove’s legacy of excellence will continue to influence the future of our district, guiding it towards continued success for years to come.”

Riding a surge of popularity on a national level, CTE programs are designed to allow students to explore specific options for their future — both inside and outside of the classroom — by guiding them towards personalized careers with experience, college credits and more.

The North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education (NCACTE) was established to honor exceptional CTE educators and leaders in statewide public schools and public charter schools.

According to the association’s website, recipients of its various awards have all made significant contributions toward innovative programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.

The Hoke County Schools Board of Education will hold its next meeting on May 14.