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North Carolina Teachers of the Year build team at NCCAT

North Carolina's 2021 Burroughs Wellcome NC Teachers of the Year participated in professional development recently at the NCCAT Ocracoke campus.

OCRACOKE - North Carolina's 2021 Burroughs Wellcome NC Teachers of the Year joined the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching for "Teacher Leadership Institute: Teacher of the Year" in Ocracoke July 8-12.

The regional finalists examined leadership skills and traits and dove into their own beliefs about leadership. They engaged in the study and discussion of leadership principles, personal leadership traits, teacher leadership in schools, group dynamics, and other aspects of leadership. Teachers are pictured above working with the US Coast Guard on leadership training.

The teachers of the year group were led by Eugenia Floyd, a fourth-grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. Floyd is the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year and represented the North Central district.  

"My week at NCCAT was not only impactful by providing me with skills and examples that support my leadership in both my community and classroom, but it also supported the building of the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Regional Teacher of the Year team," said Floyd.  "Time spent at NCCAT allowed our team to create a mission and goals that directly align with what we and educators across the state believe: "We Work for Kids." NCCAT is a place that the educators of North Carolina can go to truly elevate their skills to support the educational needs and growth of students."

Participants discovered how to continue their growth as educational professionals. They studied their leadership strengths and areas of growth by focusing on challenges inside and outside the educational realm. 

At the end of the program there was a meet and greet between the teacher participants and the NCCAT Development Foundation Board. 

2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Maureen Stover, one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year, was a presenter in the program.

Other teachers who were part of the program included: 

Northeast: Jennifer Attkisson, White Oak Elementary, Edenton-Chowan Schools

Southeast: Jennifer Bryan, South Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Schools

Sandhills: Nicole Rivers, Gray's Creek High School, Cumberland County Schools

Piedmont Triad: Kelly Poquette, E.M. Yoder Elementary, Alamance-Burlington School System

Southwest: Cecelia Sizoo-Roberson, Piedmont IB Middle School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)

Northwest: Erin Ellington, Mabel School (Watauga County Schools)

West: Susanna Cerrato, Ira B. Jones Elementary (Asheville City Schools)

Charter schools: Jeremy White, West Lake Preparatory Academy


Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit or call 828-293-5202.

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