AMANDA WHATLEY First Place $10,000 Grant Recipient High School English Teacher UWHARRIE CHARTER ACADEMY Asheboro, NC High school teacher Amanda Whatley’s passion for learning and teaching is apparent. She uses various evidence- based practices in her classroom to reach all learners. The Monster Literacy Night project is designed to engage students in literacy practices that include reading, analyzing, researching, and knowledge-sharing. The overall objective of the program is to encourage a lifelong love of reading and research in students of all ages, and to make difficult texts accessible to all students. This program earned her the First Place 2018 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy.