9 Educators Vie for N.C. Teacher of the Year
Posted February 1, 2008 10:54 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Nine teachers were recently selected to represent their regions and charter schools as regional Teachers of the Year. They will compete for the title of 2008-09 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
The winner will succeed the 2007-08 Teacher of the Year, James Bell, an eighth grade English teacher at Chowan Middle School, Edenton-Chowan Public Schools.
The regional teachers of the year are:
- Paige Elliott, Fuquay-Varina High, Wake County Schools, North Central region
- Sonya Rinehart, John Holmes High, Edenton-Chowan Public Schools, Northeast region
- Janice Raper, Hurley Elementary, Rowan-Salisbury Schools, Northwest region
- Ruth Parker, Clinton High, Clinton City Schools, Southeast region
- Bernard Waugh, Kannapolis Intermediate, Kannapolis City Schools, Southwest region
- Trisha Muse, Page Street Elementary, Montgomery County Schools, Sandhills/South Central region
- Cindi Rigsbee, Gravelly Hill Middle, Orange County Schools, Piedmont-Triad/Central region
- Renee Peoples, West Elementary, Swain County Schools, West region
- Freida Baker, East Wake Academy, Wake County, Charter Schools
Each of the regional teachers of the year will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and a trip to a national conference. They also will serve on the 2008-09 Teacher of the Year team.
The 2008-09 Teacher of the Year will be announced April 29 at a dinner and awards ceremony.
North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through its Teacher of the Year program since 1970. This is the first year that a teacher has been selected to represent charter schools.