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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: MARCH 10, 2004


Eight regional Teachers of the Year have been selected to vie for the title of 2004-05 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2003-04 Teacher of the Year, Allison Ormond, a seventh-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Rockingham County Middle School, Rockingham County Schools.

The following teachers were selected regional winners:

  • North Central Region: Johnny Gatlin, science teacher, Middle Creek High School, Wake County Schools;
  • Northeast Region: Allen Guidry, social studies teacher, J.H. Rose High School, Pitt County Schools;
  • Northwest Region: Lizbeth Alfaro, K-6 teacher/ESL, Lyle Creek Elementary, Catawba County Schools;
  • Southeast Region: Donna Kay Thompson, 5th grade communication skills & social studies teacher, Waccamaw Elementary, Brunswick County Schools;
  • Southwest Region: Betty Clagg, social studies teacher, Highland School of Technology, Gaston County Schools;
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Kem Dudney, Middle Grades physical education/health teacher, Hallsboro Middle School, Columbus County Schools;
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Tommie Evans, 8th grade science teacher, Northern Middle School, Person County Schools; and
  • West Region: Peter Bobbe, English teacher, Mountain Heritage High School, Yancey County Schools;

"These eight teachers are a wonderful example of the quality of instruction North Carolina is so fortunate to have in many of its public school classrooms," State Superintendent Mike Ward said. "I appreciate the continued support of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association in helping us recognize the very best public school teachers."

The 2004-05 Teacher of the Year will be announced May 4 at a banquet to be held at the Embassy Suites, Cary. The winner receives a one-time stipend of $7,500, a personal automobile (thanks to the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association), and a trip to a national conference. In addition to being a full-time ambassador for education, the state Teacher of the Year also serves a two-year term as advisor to the State Board of Education. Regional winners will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and will serve on the 2004-05 Teacher of the Year Team.

The Public Schools of North Carolina and the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association sponsor the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program.

For more information, please contact Dan Holloman, Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention, DPI, 919.807.3375, or by email,

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.