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North Carolina teacher takes home national honors from National Education Association

Bobbie Cavnar

If you’re familiar with these pages, you know “good news” has been somewhat hard to come by in recent years. But here’s a respite: A North Carolina teacher is taking home a top honor for his work in a Gaston County classroom. 

From Ed NC:

Bobbie Cavnar teaches English at South Point High School in Belmont. In 2016-17, he was the North Carolina Teacher of the Year. He currently serves on the board of EducationNC.

On Friday night, February 9, 2018, at the NEA Foundation gala, Bobbie Cavnar won a big award.

The NEA Foundation website says, “In the evening’s nail-biting finale, Bobbie Cavnar, a 12th grade language arts educator from Belmont, NC, took home the top honor: the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000!”

Cavnar’s classroom looks like a Victorian library. He describes teaching as 25 percent preparation, 75 percent pure theater. Cavnar says art is the way we learn to see each other, the way we learn to empathize.

Cavnar, who’s served as an adviser to the State Board of Education, has a reputation for his strong support of the state’s public schools and the arts.

Here’s a video detailing his particular style of teaching. The video premiered at last week’s NEA gala:

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