Toyota of New Bern, in partnership with AlphaGraphics of New Bern and Craven County Partners In Education, will present the keys to a 2020 Toyota Camry to the Craven County Schools Teacher of the Year Gayle Hardy, AVID Site Coordinator/Elective Teacher with New Bern High.

The car will be presented to Ms. Hardy on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the Toyota of New Bern dealership, located at 5010 US Hwy 70 East, New Bern.

Hardy was chosen as Teacher of the Year for Craven County Schools but was unable to be presented with the car at the time of the announcement due to COVID-19. Since then, the car has been festively wrapped by AlphaGraphics of New Bern, announcing that the Craven County Schools teacher of the year is the driver.

“We appreciate every opportunity presented to show our support for our schools and their staff, our educators, and especially our children. To be associated with the Teacher of the Year Program is a very humbling experience for us at Toyota of New Bern. The focus of our community should always be on our education system and how to make it better. Congratulations to Ms. Hardy, she is the true embodiment of how our schools become stronger and it’s students with it,” the dealership said in a news release.

“Once again, we feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Toyota of New Bern and Partners In Education in honoring the Teacher of the Year. We are inspired and grateful to all of our educators.” said Alison Parker, manager of AlphaGraphics of New Bern.

Hardy is the third consecutive Craven County Teacher of the Year to be awarded the use of a new car for one year from Toyota of New Bern.

“Craven County Schools is fortunate to have extraordinary community partners, such as our friends at Toyota of New Bern for providing the car, and AlphaGraphics of New Bern for ‘wrapping’ the car. Our partners value the importance of education and the hard work that our teachers put into their jobs,” Daniel Rhyne, Vice President of Partners In Education, said.

As the winner, Hardy will go on to represent Craven County at the regional level in hopes of making it to the next level for a chance to be named Teacher of the Year for North Carolina.

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