Regional and State Beginning Teacher of the Year for North Carolina – Emilee Higdon
Emilee Higdon, a High School English teacher at Union Academy of Macon County Schools, was named the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2021 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year.
Western Region Teacher of the Year – Susanna Cerrato
Mrs. Susanna Cerrato, a 3rd Grade teacher at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville City Schools was named the Western Region Teacher of the Year .
Western Region Principal of the Year – Kevin Bradley
Chase High principal Kevin Bradley, the Rutherford County Schools principal of the year, has been recognized as Region 8 Principal of the Year.
Western Region Superintendent of the Year – Mark Garrett
McDowell County Schools Superintendent Mark R. Garrett has been selected by his peers as the Western Region Superintendent of the Year.