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NEWS RELEASES 2012-13

NEWS RELEASES 2012-13 :: JANUARY 18, 2013

REGIONAL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR NAMED;
STATE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MAY

Nine teachers have been selected to represent their regions and charter schools as the state's regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2013-14 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2012-13 North Carolina Teacher of the Year Darcy Grimes, a third grade teacher at Bethel Elementary School (Watauga County Schools). North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year are:

REGIONTEACHER OF THE YEARSCHOOLLEA
North Central Thomas McGeachy Weldon STEM High Weldon City Schools
Northeast Pamela Mills First Flight Middle Dare County Schools
Northwest Christopher Petree Starmount High Yadkin County Schools
Southeast Carrie Morris Swansboro Elementary Onslow County Schools)
Southwest Julian Wilson York Chester Middle Gaston County Schools
Sandhills/South Central Shannon Godfrey Harnett Central High Harnett County Schools
Piedmont-Triad/Central Karyn Dickerson Grimsley High Guilford County Schools
West Jill Francis Chase High Rutherford County Schools
Charter Schools Jan Adams Arts Based Elementary Forsyth County

"Congratulations to these outstanding educators who demonstrate the dedication, creativity and tenacity needed to ensure students are successful in careers and in college," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I know they will contribute just as much to our state during their service on the 2013-14 North Carolina Teacher of the Year team."

The 2013-14 North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced in early May at an awards ceremony in Raleigh. North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. For more information, please visit the North Carolina's Teacher of the Year recognition program 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 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.