CONCORD- W.M. Irvin Elementary students and staff were shocked when Ellen DeGeneres announced that the Chobani Foundation was donating $100,000 to the school for its BackPack program.
Emily Francis, English as a Second Language teacher at W.M. Irvin, traveled to California last week to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Francis was selected as a guest because of her kindness and dedication to her students. A former Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year, Francis moved from Guatemala to the United States when she was 15 and told Ellen she learned English by watching her on television.