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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: FEBRUARY 14, 2006


Eight teachers were recently selected to represent their regions as regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2006-07 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2005-06 Teacher of the Year, Wendy Miller, a K-2 elementary teacher at James W. Smith Elementary School, Craven County Schools.

The regional teachers of the year are:

  • North Central Region: William "Bill" Ferriter, language arts/social studies teacher, Salem Middle School, Wake County Schools;
  • Northeast Region: Grady "Coleman" Bailey, Jr., science teacher, D.H. Conley High School, Pitt County Schools;
  • Northwest Region: Diana Beasley, biology teacher, Hickory High School, Hickory City Schools;
  • Southeast Region: James Strope, history teacher, Southwest High School, Onslow County Schools;
  • Southwest Region: Bradley "Luke" Hyatt, health and physical education teacher, Peachland-Polkton Elementary School, Anson County Schools;
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Debra Stuckey, language arts teacher, Lumberton Jr. High School, Public Schools of Robeson County;
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Shayne Madison, kindergarten teacher, Easton Elementary School, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools; and
  • West Region: Marianne Leek, English teacher, Hayesville High School, Clay County Schools.

"These eight individuals represent the strong instructional and professional quality in many of our state's public school teachers," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "It's wonderful to be able to publicly recognize their accomplishments, and we look forward to their contributions to our state's public schools as they serve as ambassadors for education."

Each of the regional teachers of the year will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and will serve on the 2006-07 Teacher of the Year team. The 2006-07 Teacher of the Year will be announced May 2 at a banquet to be held at the Embassy Suites, Cary. The winner receives a one-time stipend of $7,500, a personal automobile (thanks to the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association), a technology package from SMARTer Kids Foundation, a trip to the National Teacher of the Year conference, and an international trip through the NC Center for International Understanding. In addition to being a full-time ambassador for education, the state Teacher of the Year also serves a two-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education.

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, please contact the NCDPI'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 126 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 Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.