Teacher of the Year
2021-2022 Teacher of the Year
Honors Filmmaking, Adobe Visual, Adobe Video & Animation teacher, District Video Producer
Tanya Topazio joined the CATS staff in 2012 after designing the current CATS Television Studio. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA with a degree in Television & Film Production. Tanya has worked in Los Angeles, New York City, MA, CT, RI, and NC on projects such as commercials, music videos, gaming, television, short films and live sports as production assistant, production coordinator, production manager, associate producer, location scout/manager, camera operator and more. She started teaching broadcasting and video production in Connecticut in 2000, moving to NC in 2005.
Currently, she teaches for LNHS, CATS and VISS. In addition, she oversees the video production and large format production services for the I-SS district. She also serves as the CATS webmaster, social media coordinator, and "unofficial" Canvas coach/IT services.
In her "free time" she is an adjunct instructor for Mitchell Community College, teaches group fitness classes at the Y, owns a small business, is an assistant booker for Known Management, and is a signed actress and stage choreographer.
She is most proud of being inducted into the W.I.S.H. Society in 2018, and continuing to raise enough money to grant two wishes for children through Make-A-Wish of Central & Western North Carolina. She enjoys helping her community and is a 3-year recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Her message for her students:
My goal, above and beyond teaching you the curriculum, is to make sure you stay CREATIVE and excited about your future. I hope that you can take away skills in my classes that you can apply to any career choice you make.
2021-2022 Teacher Assistant of the Year
Distance Learning Coordinator, iAcademy
Amanda Perry joined our team in 2020 as the Distant Learning Advisor for the iAcademy. Her goal is to help students reach their full potential and to help them stay on task.
Amanda graduated with a BA in Psychology, and also holds an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, both from Ashworth College in Georgia. In addition, she is a licensed Cosmetology Instructor.
Amanda says she loves to make people feel and look good. She has a sweet family, with a husband and 2 boys who enjoy the outdoors on the farm and the warm days.
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