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Triangle East 2021 Flame for Learning winner announced

The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce presented the 2021 Flame For Learning Award, Johnston County Public School’s Teacher of the Year, on Wednesday, April 28.

Through a blind judging process, twenty semifinalists were selected to move on to the interview phase and submitted a Best Practice from the classroom. The twenty semifinalists represented fourteen schools from all across Johnston County.

Three innovative teachers were chosen as finalists for the award: Janna Rogerson of Princeton Elementary, Heather Best of River Dell Elementary, and Rachel Langdon of Clayton High.

The 2021 Flame For Learning recipient is Brian Jones, band teacher at Smithfield-Selma High. He will move forward to represent Johnston County in the regional competition. 

This year’s Flame For Learning program was made possible by sponsors, including: Chick-fil-A
of Smithfield (presenting sponsor), Wal-Mart, Johnston County Education Foundation, Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Harloe Ragsdale, MedicalTraining.me, The Armstrong Law Firm, Coldwell Banker Advantage-Beth Watson, Simple Twist, and Rep. Donna McDowell White. The presentation is available to view on TriangleEastChamber.com.  

Teachers are building the foundation of our students’ futures and, in turn, the strength of our region’s workforce and economic development. 

On behalf of Johnston County Public Schools and the Johnston County Board of Education, congratulations to all of the nominees and to Brian Jones, our 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year. 


PHOTO1: Brian Jones, Band Director at Smithfield-Selma High is the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year.


PHOTO2: The three finalists for the 2021 Flame for Learning Award are Janna Rogerson of Princeton Elementary, Heather Best of River Dell Elementary, and Rachel Langdon of Clayton High. 


PHOTO3: Brian Jones (left center), Band Director at Smithfield-Selma High, was named the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year. Standing with him are JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy (far left), the Chick-fil-A Cow of Smithfield (right center) and President & CEO of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce Mike Mancuso.


PHOTO4: Janna Rogerson (left center), teacher at Princeton Elementary, was named a finalist for the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year award. Standing with him are JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy (far left), the Chick-fil-A Cow of Smithfield (right center) and President & CEO of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce Mike Mancuso.


PHOTO5: Heather Best (left center), teacher at River Dell Elementary, was named a finalist for the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year award. Standing with her are JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy (far left), the Chick-fil-A Cow of Smithfield (right center) and President & CEO of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce Mike Mancuso.


PHOTO6: Rachel Langdon (left center), teacher at Clayton High, was named a finalist for the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year award Standing with her are JCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy (far left), the Chick-fil-A Cow of Smithfield (right center) and President & CEO of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce Mike Mancuso.


PHOTO7: Brian Jones (center), Band Director at Smithfield-Selma High, was named the 2021 Flame for Learning Teacher of the Year. With him are Smithfield-Selma High Principal David Allen (left) and Johnston County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy (right). 

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