BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Since 1970, North Carolina has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers.
In 2014, the NC Department of Public Instruction announced their partnership with Burroughs Wellcome Fund as the new major sponsor of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. Burroughs Wellcome Fund was founded in 1955 as the corporate foundation of Burroughs Wellcome Co., the U.S. branch of the Wellcome pharmaceutical enterprise, based in the United Kingdom. In 1993, BWF received a $400 million gift from the Wellcome Trust to become a fully independent foundation. They are dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR
James Ford, World History Teacher at Garinger High School in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is the 2014 NC Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year.
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From Left to Right: Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent, Public Schools of North Carolina James Ford, 2014 Burroughs Wellcome North Carolina Teacher of the Year
From Left to Right: Melissa Faetz Rhonda Holmes Dr. June Atkinson Alex Reynolds Melissa Gillespie Chris Weaver Charlene Evans James Ford Everlene Davis Maria Topliff (2014 North Carolina Virtual Public Schools Teacher of the Year) Kathy Saunders
2014 REGIONAL & DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
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Region IV - Sandhills/South Central Region
Columbus County Schools
South Columbus High School
2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year
Region VI - Southwest Region
Garinger High School
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Since 1970, North Carolina has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, along with its sponsors, administers the program at the state level.
In accordance with national guidelines, North Carolina chooses a candidate who is "dedicated and highly skilled, a candidate proven capable of inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn." Because the State Teacher of the Year will be asked to travel, speak on behalf of education and demonstrate master teaching skills, the candidate must be poised, articulate, and energetic in order to meet the demanding responsibilities.
The program recognizes teachers at the school, local, regional and statewide levels. After Individuals are chosen to represent their respective school as Teacher of the Year, they advance to compete at the local district level. Once that selection has been made, district Teachers of the Year vie for one-of-eight North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year honors. Simultaneously, representatives from the public charter schools are screened to determine the Charter School Teacher of the Year, and the charter school designee is the ninth finalist who moves to the final phase of the state selection process.
After a series of relevant screening activities, the State Teacher of the Year is chosen by a committee consisting of professional educators as well business and community leaders. The State Teacher of the Year and the other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide ongoing professional development and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education.
In the 44 years of the program in North Carolina, three State Teachers of the Year have become National winners. Four have become National Finalists and one has been inducted into the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. Fourteen North Carolina Teachers of the Year have taught at the elementary school level, eight at the middle or junior high school level and twenty-one at the high school level.