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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04

NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: MAY 3, 2004

2004-05 TEACHER OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED TUESDAY NIGHT

North Carolina's 2004-05 Teacher of the Year will be announced tomorrow night, May 4, at 7 p.m., at The Embassy Suites, Cary. This year's event coincides with national Teacher Appreciation Week.

The eight regional representatives vying for the honor are all dedicated and highly skilled teachers who have proven capable of inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. The winner will succeed the 2003-04 Teacher of the Year, Allison Ormond, a seventh-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Rockingham County Middle School, Rockingham County Schools.

The regional winners are:

  • North Central Region: Johnny Gatlin, science teacher, Middle Creek High School, Wake County Schools;
  • Northeast Region: Allen Guidry, social studies teacher, J.H. Rose High School, Pitt County Schools;
  • Northwest Region: Lizbeth Alfaro, K-6 teacher/ESL, Lyle Creek Elementary, Catawba County Schools;
  • Southeast Region: Donna Kay Thompson, 5th grade communication skills & social studies teacher, Waccamaw Elementary, Brunswick County Schools;
  • Southwest Region: Betty Clagg, social studies teacher, Highland School of Technology, Gaston County Schools;
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Kem Dudney, Middle Grades physical education/health teacher, Hallsboro Middle School, Columbus County Schools;
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Tommie Evans, 8th grade science teacher, Northern Middle School, Person County Schools; and
  • West Region: Peter Bobbe, English teacher, Mountain Heritage High School, Yancey County Schools;

In addition to a one-time stipend of $7,500, a technology package from the SMARTer Kids Foundation, and a trip to a national conference, the winner also receives one of the following four automobiles thanks to the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association: a 2004 Jeep Liberty, a 2004 Nissan Frontier, a 2004 Toyota Tacoma or a 2004 Mazda 3. The state Teacher of the Year also serves as a full-time ambassador for education and as an advisor to the State Board of Education for two terms. Regional winners will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and will serve on the 2004-05 Teacher of the Year Team.

The Public Schools of North Carolina and the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association sponsor the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. For more information on tomorrow's event, please contact the Department of Public Instruction's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.