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Anna Turner standing next to a second grade student.

Jun 12, 2024

Anna Turner ’21 Named Richmond Public Schools 2024 New Teacher of the Year

NC State College of Education alumna Anna Turner '21 has been named Richmond Public Schools 2024 New Teacher of the Year for her dedication to students and support for the school community. 

Peyton Pugh in her classroom, being honored as Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year.

Mar 27, 2024

Peyton Pugh ’23 Named Wake County Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year

NC State College of Education alumna Peyton Pugh '23 has been named a Wake County Public School System Diane Kent Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year. 

Mar 27, 2024

Marvin Connelly Jr. ’97MED, ’00MED Named A. Craig Phillips 2024 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year

Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Marvin Connelly Jr. '97MED, '00MED has been named the A. Craig Phillips 2024 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. 

Anona Smith Williams and Paola Sztajn

Nov 8, 2023

Anona Smith Williams ’91MS, ‘02EDD Receives NC State College of Education’s 2023 Distinguished Alumna Award

Anona Smith Williams '91MS, ‘02EDD has received the NC State College of Education’s 2023 Distinguished Alumna Award. She's the associate dean for student success and strategic community engagement with NC State's College of Education. 

Headshot of Mike James

Nov 7, 2023

Mike James ’17 Named Duplin County Schools Counselor, Support Staff of the Year

Mike James '17 has received the 2023-2024 Duplin County Schools Counselor of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards. 

Shannon Carney receiving the 2023 North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct 3, 2023

Shannon Carney ’23 Named 2023 North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year

Shannon Carney '23, a recent graduate of the NC State College of Education’s mathematics education program, has been named the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year. 

John Lassiter being awarded the northeast regional principal of the year.

Aug 22, 2023

John Lassiter ’09 Named 2022-2023 Wells Fargo Northeast Regional Principal of the Year 

When John Lassiter '09 returned to eastern North Carolina to start his career as an educator, his goal was to ensure his students received every opportunity to succeed. 

Photo of Hannah Watlington in front of a brick wall.

Jul 25, 2023

Hannah Watlington ’22 Named Caswell County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year

When Hannah Watlington graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School, the only high school in Caswell County, she always knew she wanted to return there one day and teach. Now, after earning her bachelor's degree in mathematics education at the NC State College of Education, not only is she a math teacher at the high school, but she was also named the Caswell County Schools Beginning Teacher of the Year. 

Jul 25, 2023

Emily Pruckno ’23MED Named 2023 Chatham County Schools Teacher of the Year

Emily Pruckno's desire to transform the way her students view education was recognized when she was named the 2023 Chatham County Teacher of the Year. 

Photo of Samaria Warsaw with quote: 'Education Has Helped Me See the World in Different Ways'

Jul 24, 2023

WhyIChoseEducation: ‘Education Has Helped Me See the World in Different Ways,’ Says Samaria Warsaw ’21MAT

When Samaria Warsaw ’21MAT was a high school student in Indiana, AP English was her favorite class. She had grown up reading books and writing poetry, but it was that…