NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: MARCH 1, 2010


Nine teachers have been selected to represent their regions and charter schools as regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2010-11 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2009-10 AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Jessica Garner, a Spanish teacher at Porter Ridge High School (Union County Schools).

North Carolina's Regional Teachers of the Year are as follows:

  • North Central Region: Rene Herrick, Combs Elementary (Wake County Schools);
  • Northeast Region: Vann Lassiter, John A. Holmes High (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools);
  • Northwest Region: Joy Jenkins, Cleveland Elementary (Rowan-Salisbury Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Jennifer Facciolini, Midway High (Sampson County Schools);
  • Southwest Region: David Dahari, Marvin Ridge High (Union County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Amber Watkins, Scotland Early College High (Scotland County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Courtney Davis, Randleman High (Randolph County Schools);
  • West Region: Dorothy Case, North Henderson High (Henderson County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Stuart Miles, Evergreen Community Charter (Asheville).

"Teaching is both a skill that is learned and an art that is mastered over time. The 2010 Regional Teachers of the Year have mastered teaching and demonstrate dedication, creativity and enthusiasm that sets them apart," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "I want to congratulate them on their selection and feel confident that they will contribute much to North Carolina on the 2010-11 North Carolina Teacher of the Year team."

The 2010-11 North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced May 5 at a dinner and awards ceremony in Raleigh.

North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. For more information on North Carolina's Teacher of the Year recognition program, visit or 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 160 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.