North Carolina

Welcome to the North Carolina Chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year! NC Teachers of the Year are committed to advancing the teaching profession and advocating for public education to ensure the best educational opportunities for all North Carolina students.

Freebird McKinney


Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, is the the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World more


edcampuniteNC- October 6, 2018
The team of NC- NNSTOY will hold the 2nd annual edcampUniteNC on October 6th, 2018 at Dalton L. McMichael High School in Mayodan, NC in the... read more
Upcoming Meetings
August 18, 2018- Asheville, NC October 6, 2018- Mayodan, NC (edcampUniteNC event) February 2, 2019- Burlington, NC April 13, 2019-... read more

2018 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year Finalists:

  • Northeast: Kaley Kiffner, Perquimans County Middle (Perquimans County Schools);
  • Southeast: Cameron Gupton, Greene Early College High (Greene County Schools);
  • North Central: Kedecia Stewart, Pinkston Street Elementary School (Vance County Schools);
  • Sandhills: Lindsey Sise, West Hoke Middle (Hoke County Schools);
  • Southwest: Samone Graham, Mooresville High (Mooresville Graded School District);
  • Northwest: Lisa Wall, Burke Middle College (Burke County Public Schools);
  • Western: Julie Pittman, R-S Central High (Rutherford County Schools); and
  • Charter Schools: Courtney Samuelson, The Capitol Encore Academy (Fayetteville)