NEWS RELEASES 2015-16

NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: JANUARY 11, 2016

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

Nine teachers have been selected to represent their education districts and charter schools as the state's regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner succeeds 2015 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year Keana Triplett, a high school English teacher at Ashe County High (Ashe County Schools).

The 2016 North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year are:

  • Northeast: Marie Smith, Conway Middle (Northampton County Schools);
  • Southeast: Katie Snyder, Hoggard High (New Hanover County Schools);
  • North Central: Margaret McNeill, Dunn Middle (Harnett County Schools);
  • Sandhills: Olivia Hall, Roseboro-Salemburg Middle (Sampson County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad: Kevin Scharen, Graham High (Alamance-Burlington Schools);
  • Southwest: Bobbie Cavnar, South Point High (Gaston County Schools);
  • Northwest: Leah Hayes, South Newton Elementary (Newton-Conover City Schools);
  • Western: Angel Ledbetter, Rutherford Early College High (Rutherford County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Brandon Brown, Lake Norman Charter (Mecklenburg County).

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated the Regional Teachers of the Year saying, “These nine teachers personify the instructional excellence that we are fortunate to have in classrooms across the state. Thanks to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, we can give these special educators the recognition that they so richly deserve.” Atkinson added that the Regional Teachers of the Year would contribute much to the state during their service on the 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year team.

The 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced April 7 at an awards ceremony in Cary. North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970.

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.


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