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The Department of Public Instruction has named its 2023 regional teachers of the year.
The nine regional winners will go on to compete for 2023 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
“Students across North Carolina are so fortunate to have such excellent and dedicated teachers like these nine representing each of the state’s regions and charter schools,” said state Superintendent Catherine Truitt in a press release. “They set expectations high for their students, their schools and themselves. We’re looking forward to learning from them in the coming year.”
The nine regional finalists are:
- Northeast: Casey Schulte, Bath Elementary (Beaufort County Schools)
- Sandhills: Teena Robinson, Mineral Springs Elementary (Richmond County Schools)
- Northwest: Shea Bolick, South Caldwell High (Caldwell County Schools)
- Piedmont-Triad: Tiffany Wynn, Thomasville Middle (Thomasville City Schools)
- Southeast: Laura Wilson, Roger Bell New Tech Academy (Craven County Schools)
- North Central: Kimberly Jones, Chapel Hill High (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools)
- Western: Rachael Ray, Madison High (Madison County Schools)
- Southwest: Rachel Frye, East Lincoln High (Lincoln County Schools)
- Charter School: Ryan Henderson, Sugar Creek Charter School
The 2023 Teacher of the Year will be announced April 14. North Carolina has been naming teachers of the year since 1970. According to a press release, the mission of the program “is to promote the profession through advocacy and support while recognizing outstanding teaching professionals who are implementing best practices in classrooms across North Carolina.”
Learn more about the program here.