Education in North Carolina: Growing to Greatness

It was reported in a recent article of the News-Record.com that education in North Carolina has been lagging the rest of the country Op-Ed: Broken schools or broken reform? As reported, North Carolina ranks 46th in the nation in teacher salaries, 51st in income advancement over the past moneytreedecade, and 48th in per pupil spending. With these abysmal figures hot off the press what in the world would drive a person to actually want a teaching job in North Carolina?

Teaching has never been a get rich scheme, and people know this going into the field of education. Teachers are people who love kids, enjoy the quest for knowledge, and share the interesting things that they find. Teachers are also curious, imaginative, caring, and always trying to find the best ways for each student to learn. Teaching is a calling in that you have to truly believe that what you are teaching and who you are teaching matters.

North Carolina is so very fortunate to have some of the biggest stars in education working to help all students and teachers succeed. The following list is not all-inclusive and I know I have probably left out some very important people. I outer space shooting starput together this list based upon a simple twitter search of people I follow. I was seeing North Carolina pop up quite a bit and I started keeping track. Of any state in the union the most people I follow are from NC. This was not intentional and I began to notice the magnitude of teachers from North Carolina, after I applied for and interviewed for a high school social studies job at North Moore High School near Robbins, North Carolina.

For me a teaching job in North Carolina would mean not only the ability to teach but to also collaborate with some of the best teachers in the world. There are awesome things going on in education all over the state. Even though statistics show that teachers aren’t worth much in North Carolina, the statistics seem to hide the true value that lies within the teachers of the state of North Carolina. I hope that by the end of the week I will be able to count myself among these hidden gems of the Tar Heel state.

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North Carolina has some true hidden gems among the ranks of teacher leaders. This is true success through involvement.

Jeff Carpenter         @doccarpenter                     Elon University                                                       Durham, NC

Dr. David Stegall     @davidstegall                      Newton-Conover City Schools

Cindy Geddes          @cindygeddes                       Newton-Conover City Schools

Heather Mullins       @Carolinablondie              NC Department of Public Instruction                Hickory, NC

Jayme Linton           @jaymelinton                       Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.

Jennifer LaGarde   @jenniferlagarde                New Hanover Schools and NC Dept. of Public Instruct

Andrew Thomasson @thomasson_engl          Forestview High School                                       Gastonia, NC

Jill Thompson          @Edu_Thompson              Adjunct Prof, CEO of Edulum

Steven Anderson    @web20classroom             Educator, Speaker, Blogger                     Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Aaron Spence   @MCSDrSpence                 Superintendent Moore County               Southern Pines, NC

Austin C. Parker 8  @theone_AP                                                                                                          north c-ville

Robert Breyer ‏         @rbreyer51                           H.S. Assistant Principal                             Moore County, NC

Craig Smith              @CSmithGoBlue                 HS Assistant Principal                 Huntersville/Gastonia, NC

Dr. Reida Roberts   @ReidaJane                       Elem. Principal                                            Bladen County, NC

Dr. Cathy Davidson @CathyNDavidson          Duke                                                                           Durham, NC

Barbara Blackburn @BarbBlackburn              Keynote Speaker, Author, & Consultant

Bill Ferriter               @plugusin                            classroom teacher, author                                      Raleigh, NC

Timothy Gwynn       @tgwynn                              Tech Facilitator                                                      Charlotte, NC

David Warlick          @dwarlick                             30+ year educator, author                                      Raleigh, NC

Nancy Mangum       @nmangum                           Instructional Technologist                                     Raleigh, NC

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