NEWS RELEASES 2010-11 :: FEBRUARY 2, 2011


Nine teachers have been selected to represent their regions and charter schools as the state's regional Teachers of the Year and will now compete for the title of 2011-12 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2010-11 AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year Jennifer Facciolini, a social studies teacher at Midway High School (Sampson County Schools).

North Carolina's Regional Teachers of the Year are:

  • North Central Region: Ferdinand Cooper, Weldon STEM High (Weldon City Schools);
  • Northeast Region: Suzie Sanders, River Road Middle (Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools);
  • Northwest Region: Jesse "Andy" Blevins, Fred T. Foard High (Catawba County Schools);
  • Southeast Region: Callie Smith, Bogue Sound Elementary (Carteret County Schools);
  • Southwest Region: Thomas Plecnik, Rhyne Elementary (Gaston County Schools);
  • Sandhills/South Central Region: Marci Houseman, West Pine Middle (Moore County Schools);
  • Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Tyronna Hooker, Graham Middle (Alamance-Burlington Schools);
  • West Region: Eric Grant, Buncombe County Early College (Buncombe County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Regina Johnston, Chatham Charter School (Chatham County).

"These outstanding educators clearly demonstrate the dedication, creativity and tenacity needed to ensure success for all students. We are fortunate to have them in our classrooms," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I want to congratulate them on their selection and thank them for contributing even more to our state during their service on the 2011-12 North Carolina Teacher of the Year team."

The 2011-12 North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced in early May at an awards ceremony in Raleigh.

North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. For more information on North Carolina's Teacher of the Year recognition program, visit or contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 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.