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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: APRIL 21, 2008


AT&T officials will join state educational leaders in announcing the 2008-09 AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year on April 29. This is the first year AT&T has sponsored the state's recognition program, the most prestigious honor for North Carolina teachers.

AT&T has a long history of supporting education in North Carolina. One-third of the company's corporate philanthropy in North Carolina in 2007 went to educational institutions or programs. Some of the teaching-related programs AT&T supports are the Teacher Working Conditions survey conducted by the Center for Teaching Quality, Hertford County Public Schools' e-book learning initiative, and the strategic initiative by the Wake Education Partnership to address teacher retention and principal leadership needs. Company leaders are actively engaged with organizations such as the Governor's Task Force on Dropout Prevention, the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, the North Carolina Public School Forum and Communities In Schools.

"Education is the key to unlocking each child's full potential, and a teacher holds that key," said Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina. "Outstanding teachers, who truly care about their students and understand how to use a variety of tools and technologies, fan the flame of learning and academic achievement. We are proud to be the title sponsor of the AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year Award and to encourage those educators who are literally changing young lives every day across this state."

State Superintendent June Atkinson conveyed the Department's excitement in working with AT&T in support of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year program. "The Teacher of the Year program is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognitions that we offer classroom teachers in our state. AT&T's generosity enables us to continue the tradition of recognizing North Carolina's very best teachers," Atkinson said.

In its 38th year, the North Carolina Teacher of the Year program provides a unique opportunity to recognize outstanding teachers from the state's public schools. Besides having a new sponsor, this also is the first year that a teacher was selected to represent charter schools at state-level competitions.

For more information, please go online to or contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

Find More Information Online:

AT&T Web Site
AT&T Corporate Social Responsibility
North Carolina Teacher of the Year Program

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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.