Harper named JC Teacher Assistant of Year

Carol Harper dances with the Selma Elementary School’s mascot during the school’s 5K race, which she emcees.

By Steve Reed

sreed@kenlynews.com

If it’s happening at Selma Elementary School, teacher assistant Carol Harper is in the thick of things. She was just named Johnston school’s teacher assistant of the year.

Whether it’s emceeing the annual 5k run or walking students to the Selma Public Library, Harper’s there.

“I also emcee the annual talent show and the student-teacher basketball game,” said Harper. “I was very much surprised. It’s quite an honor.”

A New York native, she moved to North Carolina when she was 15. She’s worked at Selma Elementary for 21 years.

“I love every part of my job,” said Harper. “I’m here all the time.”

She pulls out small groups of students and works with them. Harper also has door duty and keeps the doors locked. She makes all the copies and laminating for teachers.

“I also drive the bus every morning and evening,” said Harper. “Like I said, I love every minute of it.”

Harper said she’s a strong advocate for all the Smithfield-Selma schools.

“I love all the schools, their atmospheres and teaching concepts,” said Harper. “I’m a cheerleader.”

Like many veteran educators, Harper is seeing the children of children she’s worked with.

“When some of the children get married, I’m invited to the church,” said Harper.

Harper is a widow. Her husband died 15 years ago. She’s an active member of Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church.

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