Teacher of the Year in NC makes teaching “fun, engaging and effective”

An English teacher at North Guilford High School on Friday was named the 2022 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.

According to a report from the NC Department of Public Education, Leah Carper was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.

Carper received the honor during a awards ceremony at the Umstead Hotel in Cary.

She is known in her school as a “student teacher” and student engagement is one of her top priorities, the publication said.

While teaching through a computer last year due to a pandemic, Carper invited “guest” guests to his virtual classroom to attract the attention of students who were tired of the screen.

One day maybe “Grandma’s Grammar” to warn of executed sentences; the next day, “Mr. Eddie Keith” to teach proper manners while building a professional mail. Other guests included Batman, Grinch, Bancy, Hagrid, Hermione Granger and even Shakespeare.

“When it comes to teaching, I do things that work for my students,” Carper said in his presentation on Teacher of the Year. “Sometimes it means wearing stupid clothes. Other times, it chooses reading materials that are relevant to their interests, experiences, and ideals. “

Carper, who has been an English teacher at North Guilford since 2016, said he learns from students and what they need and adapts his approach to what is best for them.

“My class is not just my classroom; it belongs to them too, ”he said. “Regardless, I’m always ready to try something new, creative, amazing, or casual if I think it effectively captures and retains the attention and imagination of my students.”

State Inspector of Public Education Catherine Truitt said Carper’s approach is both refreshing and sensible.

“It takes a special teacher to understand what really interests and motivates high school students,” Truitt said. “And it’s clear that Leah has found a way into their world that makes learning interesting, engaging and effective. She deserves this important recognition.”

Janice Mackenzie, director of North Guilford, said in her letter that she recommended Carper as a teacher of the year that Carper is capable of dealing with all students, “from those who struggle the most to those who are academically gifted.”

Carper succeeds the 2021 teacher of the year, Eugenia Floyd, a fourth-grader at Mary Scrogs Elementary School in Chapel Hill-Carboro School District.

The teacher of the year is selected by NC Burroughs Wellcome by a committee of professional teachers as well as business and community leaders. Members of the state selection commission are elected on the basis of their active public registration in the field of education.

Other regional winners were:

  • Northeast: Clinton Todd, JH Rose High (County Pitt Schools)
  • Southeast: Abbey Nobles, New Hanover High (New Hanover County Schools)
  • North Center: Brian Link, East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill-Carboro Schools)
  • Sandhills: Elizabeth Santamur, Middle East (Hawk County Schools)
  • Southwest: Ashtin Berry, WR Odell Elementary (Cabarrus Schools)
  • Northwest: Ashley Bundy, Newton-Conver (Newton-Conver City Schools)
  • West: Ryan Mitchell, Mills River (Henderson County Public Schools)
  • Charter Schools: Keegan Storrs, Roxboro Community School

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