BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND
NORTH CAROLINA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

For more than 50 years our nation has honored teachers with the National Teacher of the Year Program . The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Voya Financial, Inc., is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Since 1970, North Carolina has participated in this program recognizing outstanding teachers.

In 2013, the NC Department of Public Instruction announced their partnership with Burroughs Wellcome Fund as the new major sponsor of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) is an independent private foundation dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities. Within this broad mission, BWF seeks to help scientists early in their careers develop as independent investigators and to advance fields in the biomedical sciences that are undervalued or in need of particular encouragement. BWF was founded in 1955 as the corporate foundation of Burroughs Wellcome Co., the U.S. branch of the Wellcome pharmaceutical enterprise, based in the United Kingdom. In 1993, BWF received a $400 million gift from the Wellcome Trust to become a fully independent foundation.


2018 BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND NC TEACHER OF THE YEAR

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Mark Johnson, NC State Superintendent    Freebird McKinney, 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year

The Honorable Roy A. Cooper III, Governor of North Carolina   Freebird Mckinney, 2018 NC Teacher of the Year   Mrs. Kristin Cooper, First Lady of North Carolinar


Julie Pittman    Samone Graham    Courtney Samuelson    Lindsey Sise    Freebird McKinney, 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year    Mark Johnson, NC State Superintendent    Lisa Wall    Kaley Kiffner    Kedecia Stewart    Cameron Gupton

Julie Pittman    Samone Graham    Courtney Samuelson    Lindsey Sise    Alfred Mays, Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund    Freebird McKinney, 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year    Lisa Wall    Kaley Kiffner    Kedecia Stewart    Cameron Gupton


2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year & Sponsors: Suzie Koonce, Community Relations Manager, Lenovo   Milanka Muecke, Director Public Relations, Events & Community Relations, Lenovo   Freebird McKinney, 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year    Alfred Mays, Burroughs Wellcome    Ryan Kindt, NC State Athletics    Meredith Henderson, Go Global NC

Lisa Godwin, 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year    Freebird McKinney, 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund NC Teacher of the Year


2018 REGIONAL & DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

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Kaley Kiffner
Kaley Kiffner
Region I - Northeast Region
Perquimans County Schools
Perquimans County Middle
Cameron Gupton
Cameron Gupton
Region II - Southeast Region
Greene County Schools
Greene Early College High
Kedecia Stewart
Kedecia Stewart
Region III - North Central Region
Vance County Schools
Pinkston Street Elementary School

Lindsey Sise
Lindsey Sise
Region IV - Sandhills/South Central Region
Hoke County Schools
West Hoke Middle
Bryan (Freebird) McKinney
Bryan (Freebird) McKinney
2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year
Region V - Piedmont-Triad Region
Alamance-Burlington Schools
Walter M. Williams High
Samone Graham
Samone Graham
Region VI - Southwest Region
Mooresville Graded School District
Mooresville High

Lisa Wall
Lisa Wall
Region VII - Northwest Region
Burke County Public Schools
Burke Middle College
Julie Pittman
Julie Pittman
Region VIII - Western Region
Rutherford County Schools
R-S Central High
Courtney Samuelson
Courtney Samuelson
Charter Schools Region
The Capitol Encore Academy
Fayetteville, NC


OVERVIEW

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

In accordance with national guidelines, North Carolina chooses a candidate who is "dedicated and highly skilled, a candidate proven capable of inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn." Because the State Teacher of the Year will be asked to travel, speak on behalf of education and demonstrate master teaching skills, the candidate must be poised, articulate, and energetic in order to meet the demanding responsibilities.

The NC Teacher of the Year is recognized at the school, regional, and statewide levels. First, the teacher is chosen to represent their respective school as Teacher of the Year. Similarly, individual public charter schools nominate a Teacher of the Year who participates in a selection process facilitated by the Office of Charter Schools at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Next, once each school district and the charter school nomination processes are completed, the teacher finalists vie as one of the state’s nine Regional Teachers of the Year. [The state is divided into eight geographical regions and NC Charter Schools are clustered together to form the ninth region of the state. The Charter School Teacher of the Year joins the Regional Teachers of the Year team as a finalist for the state Teacher of the Year]. This selection process is facilitated in each region by Regional Education Facilitators.

After a series of relevant screening activities, the State Teacher of the Year is chosen by a committee consisting of professional educators as well as business and community leaders. The state selection committee members are chosen based on their dynamic public record in support of education. The State Teacher of the Year and the other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide services and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education take pride in celebrating the most innovative and effective public school educators in our state.

Since the inception of the program in North Carolina in 1970, three State Teachers of the Year have become National winners. Four have become National Finalists and one has been inducted into the National Teachers' Hall of Fame.


REPRESENTATIVES, FINALISTS AND WINNERS