Wolfpack players visit teachers

Heather Rosy, a fourth grade teacher at Pathways Elementary in Hillsborough, receives a teacher appreciation gift basket from former student and current Wolfpack football player Peyton Wilson. Trent Gill, in back, later surprised his sister with gifts at Hillsborough Elementary, where she teaches third grade.


 A few teachers in Hillsborough who are outstanding in their field were presented with gifts from two people who are outstanding on the field.

On Monday, N.C. State University football players Trent Gill and Peyton Wilson surprised their favorite childhood teachers with gift baskets, appreciation, and big hugs.

Crista Bain and Pete Roley with NCSU were on hand to help with the festivities, which had been planned for more than a month. Bain said NCSU had wanted to recognize teachers for their commitment and all they’ve done in a difficult year. The surprise and gifts were coordinated by Wolfpack Sports Properties Marketing Firm and the Wolfpack Club. The Red & White Shop donated gift items, Chick Fil-A and Papa Murphey supplied gift cards. Also included was a football signed by former NCSU player Bradley Chubb, who was the No. 5 pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Each basket also had a greeting card from NCSU Head Coach Dave Doeren.

At Pathways Elementary, second-grade teacher Sara McKee and fourth-grade teacher Heather Rosy were coaxed outside to be greeted by Wilson, a linebacker for the Wolfpack, who each received a basket chocked full of goodies.

Principal Lynn Brown said she had to keep the plan quiet for weeks. “It was a tough secret to keep, but it was a good secret to keep.”

At Hillsborough Elementary, third-grade teacher Taryn Stock was greeted by her brother, Gill, who is the punter for the Wolfpack.