Sampson County teacher receives top honor

Posted May 5, 2010
Updated May 6, 2010

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— Jennifer Facciolini, a social studies teacher at Midway High School in Sampson County Schools, was named the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Wednesday evening at an awards ceremony in Cary.

Facciolini succeeds Jessica Garner, a Spanish teacher at Porter Ridge High School in Union County Schools.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said Facciolini is an example of the exceptional teachers leading public school classrooms across the state.

"Jennifer finds ways to make social studies relevant to her students so that they connect with the events and people and remember what they've learned," Atkinson said. "She understands that education is not about teaching, but students learning."

Facciolini has 11 years of teaching experience and has taught social studies for the last three at Midway High. She is a member of the Professional Educators of North Carolina and the Parent Teacher Association.

Facciolini mentors beginning teachers, supervises and mentors student teachers, chairs Midway High's School Improvement Team, chairs the school's Social Studies Department and participates in staff development presentations. 

She has received a number of awards including Sampson County Schools' Teacher of the Year 2009-10, Midway High School Teacher of the Year 2009-10, Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award 2006 and was a Wake County Teacher of the Year semifinalist in 2006.

Facciolini completed her undergraduate studies at Meredith College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization and Secondary Social Studies Certification. She achieved National Board Certification in 2005.

The teacher of the year recognition program is sponsored by AT&T. The winner spends the school year traveling the state as an ambassador for the teaching profession. 

The teacher also receives a one-year leased vehicle, a one-time cash award of $7,500, the opportunity to travel abroad and a technology package valued at more than $17,000.

WRAL's Gerald Owens served as master of ceremonies at the awards ceremony, held at the Embassy Suites.

Additional information about the Teacher of the Year program is available at the state Department of Public Instruction website.


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  • meaganparsons10 May 7, 2010

    Jennifer is not only an amazing teacher, but an amazing individual - inside and out. I have NEVER heard her say a negative thing about anyone, and no matter what the odds are, she just keeps pushing. There is no one else who deserves this award more than she does. Congratulations Jen!

  • athompson25 May 6, 2010

    is a PHENOMINAL teacher and person, and anyone who knows her will tell you the same thing!

  • athompson25 May 6, 2010

    You think that other states don't teach history?
    I hate to break it to you, but they do, and that just shows how ignorant you are. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but subjects aside, there is a reason why she's the Teacher of the Year. She loves history, and you can tell that when she teaches. Maybe if you had teachers like her when you were in school you would understand. I've learned so much from her about our government and the way things work. I can watch a commercial and have a deeper understanding of it than I did before being in her class. She's helped me learn how to articulate my facts better and to see things from both sides while being able to form my own opinion. So her being Teacher of the Year has nothing to do with the subject she teaches, its HOW she teaches. She goes out of her way to make sure that we are on our "A-Game" all of the time. She also incorporates other subjects into her classes so we can "make a connection" (as she always says). All-in-all, she

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot May 6, 2010

    "i dont see you in the running for teacher of the year"

    That's because those that can, do. But get this, here's a reason why we're so far behind in this state and in the world. Because we waste too much time with bogus topics like social studies. It's time to focus on math, science, etc. Oh that's right, no need because god created everything...lols, my bad.

  • whistler411 May 6, 2010

    WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot: English-maybe you just failed them. Maybe you need to understand that Social Studies is a curriculum that includes many subjects, thus "are" real subjects. Not "is" real subjects. Get over yourself.

  • b11sloan May 6, 2010

    hahahahahaha Wow! I find it so funny that someone is rude enought to find nothing better to do than TRY and downgrade the BEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love u Fatch

  • b11sloan May 6, 2010

    Hahahahahahahahaha wow i find it so intresting that someone could not find nothing to do ,but degrade the GREATEST TEACHER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love you Ms.Fatch

  • breezybop89 May 6, 2010

    Well first of all "WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot" i dont see you in the running for teacher of the year.....I want you to know that Mrs. Fatch is the best teacher I've EVER had so you have no right to critize what subject she teaches!! It doesnt matter if its spanish or a social studies class she has earned her position and has helped many students and sacrificed more than any other teacher ive encountered in all my years of school! You are going to try and say that history isnt a real subject you cant even use correct grammer "English IS a real subject" hunny!!! So get it correct before you go and down Mrs. Fatch. Mrs. Fatch is loved by her students and her colleagues dearly and we are sOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you MRS. FATCH!! (no matter what people may say!!) Although we are going to miss you bunches next year!!! MRS. Facciolini, YOU'RE THE BEST HISTORY TEACHER EVER(AND THATS THE SAME THING AS SOCIAL STUDIES IF YOU DIDNT KNOW MR. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot!!) Remeber "IT AINT EASY BEING CHEESY!!

  • athompson25 May 6, 2010

    Congrats Mrs. Fatch! We're all excited to see you back here on Monday! See you in Fourth Period!
    WE LOVE YOU! (:

  • athompson25 May 6, 2010

    Hey WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot, maybe you should learn how to type using proper grammar before you try to correct someone else's mistakes. You should have wrote, "English is a real subject." Maybe its YOU who failed.
    Also, I'm a current student of Mrs. Facciolini, and she is a WONDERFUL teacher with a passion for teaching that I have never seen before. If we didn't learn about history, how can we learn from our mistakes? Haven't you ever done something that got you in trouble, and when you went to do it again you thought "Nah, I better not. I got in trouble the last time."
    Everbody has, that's called learning from the past and taking what we already know and applying it to current situations, whether they have to deal with the governement or our own personal lives. You can't look at history in pieces, you have to look at it and see the big picture, and how it impacted us as a society today.
    Would you like to take a guess at where I learned that from?
    Mrs. Facciolini, a HISTORY teacher.