Elizabeth City high school basketball coach receives school hero award

ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina basketball coach is being named a hero for helping students achieve their dreams.

Ronald Nixon, basketball coach at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, was among 10 teachers, principals and other school workers named as an NC School Hero through the NC Education Lottery program.

The program is designed to celebrate the hard work of educators. Each winner receives $10,000 for themselves and $10,000 for their schools.

This year, more than 6,750 nominations were submitted and more than two million votes cast.

The 10 School Heroes are:

• Michael Allen, principal at Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School in Oxford.
• Elise Barrett, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Leland.
• Dixie Black, a teacher assistant and substitute bus driver at Pilot Elementary School in Thomasville.
• Vic Bridges, a school custodian at Swain County Middle School in Bryson City.
• Peggy Curnette, a school cafeteria manager at Eastfield Global Magnet School in Marion.
• Brian McMath, a music teacher at Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro.
• Ronald Nixon, a high school basketball coach at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City.
• Jerome Sutton, a school crossing guard at Sun Valley Middle School in Indian Trail.
• Jeff Walker, a chemistry teacher at Pine Lake Preparatory School in Mooresville.
• Shonny Williams, a school social worker at The Governor Morehead School in Raleigh.

All 100 counties of the state get support for education programs from money raised by the lottery. Last year, the lottery raised more than $670 million.