This past year has been an honor to serve as North Carolina’s Charter School Teacher of the Year. Far from a reward for being the “best” teacher, this has been a year of service to represent the best teachers and to be an ambassador for the nearly 200 charter schools in our state. I’ve had the chance to travel from the mountains to the sea and to visit some amazing programs and people. From high tech schools in the heart of our cities to start-ups working out of remodeled department stores, charter schools are made up of dedicated teachers and school communities living into the mission that charters can be laboratories and incubators for the best and most innovative practices in contemporary education.

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