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Teacher Advisory Committee

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

This week Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 16, establishing the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee. Composed of up to 25 teachers and support personnel appointed by Cooper, the committee will advise the governor on policies and the state budget, and will also serve as education ambassadors, representing Cooper at designated events, maintaining communication with local boards of education and stakeholders, and sharing opportunities for Cooper to support teachers.

“Teachers and school support staff will bring critical knowledge, skills and experience to our ongoing conversations about improving North Carolina’s education system,” Cooper said. “The Teacher Advisory Committee will give insight into how we can show educators the respect they deserve and be instrumental in helping North Carolina become a Top 10 Most Educated State by 2025.”

Cooper also released a back-to-school video for teachers to thank them for all they do for North Carolina’s students. “Thank you for the energy and care you put into teaching. Thank you for igniting that spark of learning in your students. I’m grateful to you for answering the call to teach,” he says in the video. “I wish a successful school year for you, your students, and all who help educate them.”

The following individuals have been appointed to serve:

  • Tomika Altman-Lewis is an academically and intellectually gifted facilitator/teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary.
  • Michael Bonner is an elementary school teacher at South Greenville Elementary.
  • Lara Brickhouse is an adaptive physical education teacher in Durham County schools.
  • Betty Brown teaches social studies at Zebulon GT Magnet.
  • Bobbie Cavnar is the 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and teaches AP literature at South Point High.
  • Christine Conley teaches music at Needham B. Broughton High.
  • Nashonda Cooke is a special education interventionist at Carroll Middle Magnet.
  • LeAnna Delph teaches English language arts and social studies at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School.
  • David Diamont is the head football coach at East Surry High and teaches history as a substitute following 40-plus years.
  • Lisa Godwin is the 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
  • Demetria Grissett is a career and technical education coordinator in Robeson County Schools.
  • Mark Jewell is the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators.
  • Tasha Martinez teaches English language arts at Warsaw Middle.
  • Denise McCoy is a parent involvement coordinator for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.         
  • Elyse McCrae teaches social studies at South Central High.
  • Julio Morales teaches Spanish at Mattamuskeet Elementary.
  • Juandalyn Ray Sampson is the teacher advancement coordinator and language arts teacher in Clinton City Schools.
  • Brad Rhew teaches science and math at Cook Literacy Model School in Forsyth County. 
  • Mireya Ruiz teaches second grade and Spanish at Siler City Elementary in Chatham County.
  • Kimberly Sanderlin is an academically gifted/ELA specialist in Durham County schools.
  • Nicole Sikes teaches art at Anson High.
  • Kimberley Strickland teaches first grade at River Dell Elementary.
  • Mark Townley teaches academic, honors, and AP earth and environmental science at Holly Springs High.
  • Keana Triplett is the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and teaches English at Ashe County High.




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