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NC teacher Bobbie Cavnar wins national award for teaching, leading, fighting for students

Bobbie Cavnar teaches English at South Point High School in Belmont. In 2016-17, he was the North Carolina Teacher of the Year. He currently serves on the board of EducationNC.

On Friday night, February 9, 2018, at the NEA Foundation gala, Bobbie Cavnar won a big award.

The NEA Foundation website says, “In the evening’s nail-biting finale, Bobbie Cavnar, a 12th grade language arts educator from Belmont, NC, took home the top honor: the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000!”

Cavnar’s classroom looks like a Victorian library. He describes teaching as 25 percent preparation, 75 percent pure theater. Cavnar says art is the way we learn to see each other, the way we learn to empathize.

This video featuring Cavnar — his classroom and his craft — premiered during the gala:

The video wraps with Cavnar explaining how “public education equalizes life.”

Congratulations, and thank you.

Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.