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RBC Bank Awards $25,000 in $500 Prizes to 50 Winners in Spring Tribute to Teachers


Bank To Present Another $25,000 to Fall Winners, Plus A $2,000 School Supply Shopping Spree To Two Grand Prize Winners To Be Announced


Raleigh, N.C.. - May 17, 2011 – RBC Bank has announced the winners of its eighth annual Tribute to Teachers program, which is awarding a total of $25,000, or $500 each, to 50 teachers throughout the bank’s six-state Southeastern footprint. In addition, one of the 50 spring winners will be selected at random as winner of an additional $2,000 school supply shopping spree. This year, for the first time, the Tribute to Teachers program will include a second selection period and award presentation in the fall. The two-part announcement brings RBC Bank’s total investment in the program for the year to $50,000 in individual awards to selected teachers and $4,000 in shopping sprees to the two winners selected at random for the grand prize.

RBC Bank received more than 2,200 nominations for the spring awards. The 50 Tribute to Teachers winners named below will each receive $500 prizes of classroom cash to use toward the purchase of classroom learning tools, such as art supplies and audio-visual learning aids. Nominations for the fall awards are due by October 16 from students, parents, community members – anyone – who would like to nominate their favorite teacher for this special recognition and cash prize. To make a nomination for the fall, please go to

“No local school budget has room for extras this year. We recognize that, and that’s why RBC Bank this year has decided to double up on our Tribute to Teachers program,” said Reggie Davis, president of RBC Bank. “We want to give a special thank you in both the spring and the fall and to combine that thank you with $500 in classroom cash for these very deserving teachers.”

Winners and their nominations are listed on RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers website, Tribute to Teachers began in 2004 as a way to recognize elementary, middle school or high school teachers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the classroom and in their communities. This year’s winners are:


Christa Baugher, Athens; Susan Harper, Auburn; Bill Allen, Bay Minnette; Drew Spransy, Birmingham; Stephanie Wainwright, Daphne; Kathryn Johnson, Madison; Ashley Weaver Mobile; Nicole Callaghan, Mobile; Cecelia Bailey, Montgomery; Cheryl Chappell, Montgomery; Heather Adams, Moody; Christy LeGros, Theodore; Shannon Kirby, Trussville;


Michelle Cranford, Cocoa; Jamey Crider, Clermont; Brenda Spiers, Gainesville; Tawni Orr, Jupiter; Lynnae Ehley, Merritt Island; Edward Wolff, Palm Coast; Lori Cuevas, Pensacola; Kaye Whaley, St. Cloud; Mary Showalter, Venice; Ann Ehler, Viera; Todd LaVogue, West Palm Beach;


Sarah Visel, Atlanta; Erin Powell, Cumming; Teresa Casey, Marietta; Janie Jarrett, Marietta; Tonya Rouben, Norcross; Linda Chinn, Stockbridge;

North Carolina

LaKesia Boone, Ahoskie; Michelle Newsome, Ahoskie; Cynthia Hallman-Morris, Asheville; Jennifer Tuite, Chapel Hill; Cheryl Powers, Charlotte; Carol Kinne, Cornelius; Nancy Christensen, Crossnore; Shelley Reed, Elizabeth City Kim Brown, Greenville; Zane Porter, Henderson; Carrie Vaughan, Holly Springs; Joy Walker, Mebane; Scarlett Allison, Murphy; Janie Valletta, Raleigh; Tom Price, Shelby; Rachel McMahan, Swannanoa; Debbie Hancock, Wilson;

South Carolina

Dwight Mixon, Charleston; Elizabeth DiBagno, Piedmont;


Janet Kreider, Virginia Beach.

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