The Teacher of the Year program recognizes teachers at the school, local, regional, and statewide levels. First, individuals are chosen to represent their respective schools as Teacher of the Year, then they advance to compete at the district level. Once the district selections have been made, the winners vie as one of the state's nine Regional Teachers of the Year. This selection process is facilitated in each region by Regional Education Facilitators representing the Educator Effectiveness Division at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
The district coordnator contacts principals in the spring to begin the selection process for their school-based teacher of the year. Each teacher of the year candidate submits a portfoloio to the district committee for the review phase. The top candidates are then selected for the interview phase and from this, the district Teacher of the Year is determined. They can then advance to the regional and hopefully state level.
All school-level teacher of the year candidates are honored at the annual Convocation held at the beginning of each school year. At this event, the district's Teacher of the Year is announced.
See the Quick Link on the right for more information about the Teacher of the Year process.