Rouse named Head Start’s top teacher

Staff report

March 1, 2014

LAURINBURG — Marcus Rouse, a Head Start teacher at Hoke Head Start Center in Raeford, has been named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Region IV Head Start Association, Inc.

Rouse was selected by a judging committee for his excellence in classroom education, classroom practices, and the overall impact he has made on the program and in the community. He was honored during the association’s annual conference on Feb. 7 in Atlanta.

“My teaching method is to work outside of the box of learning to bring education to life and have fun while doing it,” Rouse said. “If it means going above and beyond then that’s what I must do.”

Rouse was hired by Four-County Community Services, a Laurinburg-based agency that allocates Head Start funds and manages Head Start centers, as an Assistant Teacher in 2004. In 2011, Rouse was promoted to an Associate Teacher.

Prior to teaching, Rouse volunteered at Hoke Head Start Center while his children were enrolled in the program. Rouse earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from Ashford University in 2012, and an associate’s degree in Early Childhood from Robeson Community College in 2009.

“… Teachers having an impact on children are crucial to bringing out the very best outcomes in communities and we are proud to employ such an exceptional talent,” said Ericka J. Whitaker, executive director of Four-County Community Services. “Four-County thrives off of holistically serving children, families, and communities.”

Region IV Head Start Association Inc. is an affiliate of the National Head Start Association, a professional organization that serves as an advocate for Head Start children, parents, and staff in eight southeastern states Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.