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NCCAT Career Technical Education Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

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Twenty-four teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as finalists for the 2023 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award in honor of their dedication, innovation, and ability to inspire students to achieve.

One of these talented educators will be named the NCCAT 2023 NC CTE Teacher of the Year. The award is scheduled to be presented on October 19, 2023, at the Bardo Center on the Western Carolina University campus. The finalists will be at the NCCAT campus in Cullowhee for professional development the week of October 16-20, 2023.

“Each day in schools, Career and Technical Education teachers inspire and guide students to important future careers and roles in society,” NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble said. “Taking time to honor excellent Career and Technical Education educators across our state through the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2023 NC CTE Teacher of the Year program is important, as we are continually striving to elevate the teaching profession and emphasize the significance of the work educators do every day. Congratulations to these finalists and the school districts they represent. We look forward to having them with us for a week of professional development and a special night to honor the teaching profession.”

The NCCAT 2023 NC CTE Teacher of the Year finalists are:



Joseph (Joe) Miciotto

Alamance-Burlington Schools

Dewayne Krege

Avery County Schools

Andrea Gladden

Burke County Public Schools

Brittany Childers

Cabarrus County Schools

Hollie Schratwieser

Camden County Schools

Michelle (Mikie) Broadhurst

Carteret County Schools

Chadwick (Chad) Rorie

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Bobbie Jones

Clay County Schools

Ashley McCullen

Cumberland County Schools

John Spillman

Davidson County Schools

Casey Spear

Edenton-Chowan Public Schools

Kimberly (Kim) Osborne

Guilford County Schools

George (Rob) Jones

Harnett County Schools

Mario Malabunga

Hoke County Schools

Kim Williams

Jackson County Schools

Matthew Barnhill

Johnston County Schools

Joel (Jay) Campbell

New Hanover County Schools

Sheri Hale

Pamlico County Schools

Kurt Garner

Pitt County Schools

Candace Grimsley

Public Schools of Robeson County

Heather McNeely

Transylvania County Schools

Thomas              Kohlbrenner

Union County Schools

Barnanne Creech

Wake County Public Schools

Thelma Kastl

Wilkes County Schools