Ten teachers and school workers from public schools across North Carolina are named NC School Heroes, winning awards of $10,000 for themselves and $10,000 for their schools.
We created the program to celebrate the heroic work of those who help students achieve their dreams every day in schools across our state.
In all, North Carolinians submitted more than 4,900 nominations and cast more than 3.3 million votes. After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked judges to review the 200 nominations that received the most votes last spring and made the selection of the 10 School Heroes.
The 2020 NC School Heroes are:
- Jeff Atwell, teacher assistant and bus driver, Wilkes Middle School, Moravian Falls
- Jason Berube, facilities manager, Davidson Charter Academy, Lexington
- Shelawn Burton, site coordinator, After School Enrichment Program, Manteo Elementary School, Manteo
- Jeff Clendenin, JROTC instructor, West Brunswick High School, Shallotte
- Genee Dalton, first-grade teacher, Edneyville Elementary School, Hendersonville
- Tawanda Hunt, bus driver and substitute teacher, Orrum Middle School, Robeson County
- James King, teacher, Charlotte Engineering Early College, Charlotte
- Maria McMullin, physical education teacher, Pathways Elementary School, Hillsborough
- Scott Perry, head custodian, Franklinton Elementary School, Franklinton
- Joan Powell, fifth-grade math teacher, Johnsonville Elementary School, Lillington
Teachers and school staff have all stepped up for our children during these unprecedented times. The School Heroes selected this year provide a glimpse into the world of these everyday heroes and we are glad to shine a spotlight on their great work.
Check out all of the School Hero stories at ncschoolheroes.com.
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