BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND
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 2014, 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. Burroughs Wellcome Fund 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. They are dedicated to advancing the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.


2017 BURROUGHS WELLCOME FUND TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Lisa Godwin, Kindergarten Teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County Schools is the 2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year

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Mark Johnson, NC State Superintendent    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year

The Honorable Roy A. Cooper III, Govenor of North Carolina    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year


From Left to Right: Amy Parker    Juandalynn Ray    Carrie Franklin    Anthony Johnson    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year    Adam Reeder    Leslie Schoof    Miles MacLeod    Deborah Brown   

From Left to Right: Amy Parker    Deborah Brown   Juandalynn Ray    Anthony Johnson    Mark Johnson, NC State Superintendent    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year    Adam Reeder    Leslie Schoof    Miles MacLeod


From Left to Right: Amy Parker    Deborah Brown   Juandalynn Ray    Anthony Johnson    Mark Johnson, NC State Superintendent    Alfred Mays, Program Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year    Adam Reeder    Leslie Schoof    Miles MacLeod

From Left to Right: Congratulations!    Dr. Yvette Stewart-Mackey, Assistant Director Educator Effectiveness    Lisa Godwin, 2017 NC Teacher of the Year


2017 REGIONAL & DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

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Amy Parker
Amy Parker
Region I - Northeast Region
Hertford Grammar
Perquimans County  Schools
Lisa Godwin
Lisa Godwin
2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year
Region II - Southeast Region
Dixon Elementary
Onslow County Schools
Miles MacLeod
Miles MacLeod
Region III - North Central Region
Heritage High
Wake County Public School System

Juandalynn Ray
Juandalynn Ray
Region IV - Sandhills/South Central Region
Sampson Middle
Clinton City Schools
Adam Reeder
Adam Reeder
Region V - Piedmont-Triad/Central Region
Asheboro High
Asheboro City Schools
Anthony Johnson, Jr.
Anthony Johnson, Jr.
Region VI - Southwest Region
Isenberg Elementary
Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Carrie Franklin
Carrie Franklin
Region VII - Northwest Region
Glenwood Elementary
McDowell County Schools
Leslie Schoof
Leslie Schoof
Region VIII - Western Region
Madison Early College
Madison County Schools
Deborah Brown
Deborah Brown
Charter Schools Region
Research Triangle Charter
Research Triangle Park, 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 representing the Educator Effectiveness Division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

After a series of relevant screening activities, the State Teacher of the Year is chosen by a committee consisting of professional educators as well 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 ongoing professional development 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. Thirteen North Carolina Teachers of the Year have taught at the elementary school level, eight at the middle or junior high school level and twenty-six at the high school level.


REPRESENTATIVES, FINALISTS AND WINNERS