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The following are arts and crafts submitted to EdNC by students across the state in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Our first selection is this piece by Amber Cloyd, an 11th grader. It was inspired by Ms. Cindy Mauney at South Point High School.

“In this piece, I used Mrs. Mauney’s facial profile to create a crescent moon that represented herself,” Cloyd wrote. “The star represents her students and the way that she influences them. ‘Mama Moon’ is the nickname we gave her, which perfectly displays her care for us.”


Our next selection comes from Jessica Black, an early childhood education student at Cleveland Community College. She drew a sketch to honor Mr. Soloman Willis, who teaches at the college.

“Mr. Willis is a big fan of Dolly Parton,” Black said. “He refers to her often in class and even uses some of her chart data to illustrate concepts. He makes math class fun and engaging by showing various ways that it is used in real life.”


In Mrs. Sheryl Sauls’ apparel class at South Johnston High School, students learn to create clothing and other crafts from conception to reality. Several of her students shared the work they completed in her classes along with words of appreciation for her guidance.

“Mrs. Sauls had taught me apparel 1 and 2,” wrote Kassidy Fair, one of Mrs. Sauls’ students. “My apparel 2 class wished to hold a fashion show to showcase our work in the class as well as to showcase what Mrs. Sauls had taught us. The attached picture is of the dress Mrs. Sauls helped me to design and bring to life.”


Jarah Newton also sent us work she created in Mrs. Sauls’ class.

“I created quilted silhouettes of my sister and I for Mother’s Day with Mrs. Sauls’ help in my apparel class,” Newton wrote. “I also created a dress for our upcoming fashion show.”

Amber Cloyd

Amber Cloyd is a junior at South Point High School in Belmont, NC. When she graduates, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher. In her free time, Cloyd enjoys volunteering within her community, babysitting, and blogging.

Jessica Black

Jessica Black is working towards an associate degree in early childhood education. She plans to become a preschool teacher and work on getting an associate degree in fine arts. Nothing brings Black more joy than to express herself through art.