HAMLET – Richmond County Schools is delighted to announce Felisia Gulledge as the District Teacher of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year. The esteemed title was officially unveiled during yesterday’s Convocation ceremony, celebrating excellence in education and highlighting the remarkable contributions of educators within the district.
A true product of Richmond County, Gulledge graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 1993. Her commitment to education continued as she pursued her academic journey. She attended Richmond Community College from 1993 to 1995, earning her associate degree. She furthered her educational pursuits at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke from 1995 to 1998, where she obtained her degree in elementary education. Her dedication to learning led her back to UNCP from 2000 to 2003, culminating in the completion of a master’s degree in elementary education. Notably, Felisia continued her professional growth by attending Wingate University from 2014 to 2016, where she attained an additional Educational Leadership credential.
Felisia Gulledge boasts an impressive 25 years of experience in the field of education, with 21 of those years dedicated to nurturing students in the classroom and four years serving as an academic coach. Her versatile background includes teaching roles in second grade, third grade, and sixth grade. In 2007, her dedication to her craft was underscored by achieving National Board Certification.
Throughout her distinguished career, Gulledge has consistently shone as an educator of the highest caliber. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at multiple schools, including Rohanen Primary in 2003-2004, East Rockingham Elementary in 2011-2012, Fairview Heights in 2019-2020, and most recently at Hamlet Middle School. Her remarkable ability to inspire and lead by example has left an indelible mark on her colleagues and students alike.
When asked about her motivation to pursue a career in education, Gulledge remarked, “I realized how heart-warming it was to see young children eager and excited about learning. I knew that teaching would give me the perfect opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives and allow them to remain enthusiastic about learning.”
As District Teacher of the Year, Gulledge aspires to be remembered by her students as the teacher who believed in them and empowered them to believe in themselves.
Richmond County Schools proudly congratulates Gulledge on this well-deserved recognition as the District Teacher of the Year. Her dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to fostering a love of learning in her students make her an outstanding representative of the exceptional educators within the Richmond County community.