Havelock High teacher wins state award

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Tommy Andrews, right, the automotive mechanics instructor at Havelock High School, accepts the N.C. Trade and Industrial Education Teachers Association New Teacher of the Year award from Principal Jeff Murphy, center, and fellow Havelock High teacher Tony Bello. Andrews was surprised with the award on Monday at the school.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 04:40 PM.

On the day when teachers returned to school to begin preparations for the 2014-15 school year, Havelock High instructor Tommy Andrews was in for a big surprise.

Before Principal Jeff Murphy started his first faculty meeting of the new school year on Monday, he said he had a “special announcement.” Andrews had been named the N.C. Trades and Industrial Education Teachers Association New Teacher of the Year.

“They kept it a pretty good secret,” Andrews said. “It’s a surprise for sure.”

The award covers teachers throughout the state.

“I feel great. It’s pretty awesome,” Andrews said of the honor. “Anytime you get something like this and it’s a surprise, it’s pretty cool.”

Andrews was hired as the new automotive technology and mechanics instructor in January. The award is for career and technical education teachers with less than five years of experience.

He said his approach in the classroom is simple.

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