RALEIGH — On Jan. 11, the North Carolina Department of Instruction announced the names of nine teachers designated as regional Teacher of the Year.
“Students across North Carolina are so fortunate to have such excellent and dedicated teachers like these nine representing each of the state’s regions and charter schools,” N.C. State Superintendent Catherine Truitt said in a press statement. “They set expectations high for their students, their schools and themselves. We’re looking forward to learning from them in the coming year.”
The teacher garnering the regional Teacher of the Year spots include:
- Northeast: Casey Schulte, Bath Elementary (Beaufort County Schools)
- Sandhills: Teena Robinson, Mineral Springs Elementary (Richmond County Schools)
- Northwest: Shea Bolick, South Caldwell High (Caldwell County Schools)
- Piedmont-Triad: Tiffany Wynn, Thomasville Middle (Thomasville City Schools)
- Southeast: Laura Wilson, Roger Bell New Tech Academy (Craven County Schools)
- North Central: Kimberly Jones, Chapel Hill High (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools)
- Western: Rachael Ray, Madison High (Madison County Schools)
- Southwest: Rachel Frye, East Lincoln High (Lincoln County Schools)
- Charter School: Ryan Henderson, Sugar Creek Charter School
The teachers will go on to compete to become the 2023 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced in a live-streamed ceremony in Cary on April 14.
The winner will take the place of 2022 Teacher of the Year Leah Carper, an English teacher at Northern Guilford High School in Guilford County.
The ceremony will be broadcast on the Department of Public Instruction’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.