Congratulations, Kristen Marakoff!
Kristen Marakoff, an English teacher at Travelers Rest High School, has received the 2017 NCTE Affiliate Leadership Development Award given by the National Council of Teachers of English. Marakoff recently graduated from Furman University with a degree in English, and is in her second year of teaching at Travelers Rest High.
“It was inevitable for me to become a teacher,” said Marakoff. “I always loved school and I think I was looking for a way to extend the experience. I was lucky because teaching is nothing like being a student. But I love it!” she added. Marakoff was a Teaching Fellow and Teacher Cadet in high school.
This award nurtures the development of new leaders within state/regional/provincial affiliates and NCTE. Given to early career teachers (1-5 years’ experience) who have never attended an NCTE Annual Convention, the award recognizes those who have demonstrated a capacity for professional leadership and a willingness to join and participate in the affiliate during the upcoming academic year.
The award winners will be publicly at the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, during the Affiliate Roundtable Breakfast on Sunday, November 19.