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NEWS RELEASES 2000-01 :: MAY 1, 2001

ASHE COUNTY EDUCATOR NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Carmen Wilson, a mathematics teacher at Ashe County High School in Ashe County, was named the 2001-02 North Carolina Teacher of the Year at a formal banquet in Cary.

State Superintendent Mike Ward made the presentation saying that all of North Carolina's Teachers of the Year are connected by their "strong calling to the teaching profession and a strong desire for students to succeed. Carmen Wilson represents the high level of dedication and calling that characterize the very best teachers."

As state Teacher of the Year, Wilson will represent North Carolina in the National Teacher of the Year competition. She succeeds Laura Bilbro-Berry, a second grade teacher at John C. Tayloe Elementary School in Beaufort County.

Wilson said that she has always enjoyed helping others to understand the beauties and the intricacies of mathematics. "Many rewards to teaching are intangible and immeasurable. I love to see the look on students' faces when they suddenly understand a new or difficult concept."

Thanks to the NC Automobile Dealers Association, the look on Wilson's face also will be brighter as once again the state's Teacher of the Year will receive a brand new automobile. Under this partnership, the NC Automobile Dealers Association also sponsored the state Teacher of the Year dinner and will cover the expenses associated with six regional leadership and professional development symposiums that will be led by the regional Teachers of the Year. In addition, North Carolina Ford and Toyota dealers are offering teachers an additional $500 rebate toward the purchase or lease of any qualifying new 2001 vehicle during the month of May.

Norwood Bryan, president of the NC Automobile Dealers Association, said that the NC Automobile Dealers Association is very proud of the superb work teachers put forth in educating children in the classroom. "Second only to parents, teachers hold the future of a young child in their hands and words," Bryan said.

The NC Center for International Understanding presented the state Teacher of the Year with the Carolyn Hunt Scholarship that will pay for a trip abroad.

Wilson has taught 11 years, all at Ashe County High School. Professionally, she is a member of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, North Carolina Association of Educators and Delta Kappa Gamma (Society of Women Educators).

She has received numerous awards including being named Ashe County's Teacher of the Year in 1998-99 and 2000-01, nominated for the 2001 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, and named to the Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998. She also was a Tandy Technology Scholar in 1994.

Wilson received her Bachelor of Science and Master Degrees in Mathematics/Secondary Education from Appalachian State University. She also is a National Board Certified teacher.

The state's Teacher of the Year spends the school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. They also receive a one-time $7,500 stipend and a trip to the national conference. In addition, the state Teacher of the Year serves as advisor to the State Board of Education.

The other regional finalists were: Southeast Region Judy Dietz, English teacher, Topsail High, Pender County Schools; Northeast Region - Yang Li, kindergarten teacher, T.S. Cooper Elementary, Gates County Schools; Central Region - Julia Dermody, fourth and fifth grade teacher, Mary Scroggs Elementary, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools; Southwest Region - Virginia Lee, mathematics teacher, Piedmont High, Union County Schools; and West Region - Marsha Cameron, third grade teacher, Cullowhee Valley School, Jackson County Schools.

For additional information, please contact Cecil Banks, Teacher Education, DPI, 919.807.3375.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 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.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.