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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… 

Terry Hennings on stage being named Wake County Teacher of the Year

May 25, 2023

Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terry Hennings ’15MAT Named 2023 Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year

When Terry Hennings retired from the Air Force after serving for 25 years as a combat medic, he knew what he wanted to teach. Now, he has been named the Wake County Public County System 2023 Teacher of the Year 

Megan D'Agostino at the Wake County Public Schools Award Banquet

May 15, 2023

Megan D’Agostino ’22 Named Wake County Diane Kent-Parker First-Year Teacher of the Year

In the middle of a math lesson, a team from the Wake County Public School System burst into Megan D'Agostino's room with a surprise — she has just been named one of four Diane Kent Parker First Year Teachers of the Year. 

Mary Taylor

Mar 29, 2023

Mary Taylor ’06MSA Honored as 2022-2023 Wake County Public School System Assistant Principal of the Year

For the second time, Mary Taylor '06MSA was named the Wake Wake County Public School System Assistant Principal of the Year.