Missy Swain Named NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year – The Coastland Times

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Missy Swain Named NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year

Posted 10:02 am on Sunday, November 6, 2022

Missy Swain of Currituck County Schools was named the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2022 Teacher of the Year in Career and Technical Education (CTE) during a special ceremony at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in October.

The award was presented for the first time in the presence of finalists from across the state.

Swain is described as a teacher who makes sure her classroom is a place where students succeed. A parent shared that Swain is an amazing person and teacher who has shared her gifts and talents with the children. The parent added: ‘They are better people to have known her and to have learned from her. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has done and continues to do not only for my children but also for our community.

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Swain has been selected as the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) National Agricultural Science Educator Ambassador and her agricultural program has just been recognized as a National Gold Star Chapter (awarded to the top 1% of FFA Chapters in the country).

A former student noted of Swain that “she is a wonderful educator and, more importantly, a wonderful person. I simply wouldn’t be the person I am today without his guidance and enthusiastic support.

The NCCAT is grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession, according to NCCAT Executive Director Dr. M. Brock Womble.

“Educators like Ms. Swain embody what it means to be a teacher,” Womble said. “The NCCAT salutes Ms. Swain and all of the teachers recognized at the 2022 NCCAT Technical and Vocational Education Teacher of the Year ceremony. The NCCAT Career Nominees and Technical Teacher of the Year are an incredibly distinguished group of educators inspiring the next generation to fill the skills gap in today’s workforce. On behalf of NCCAT, I extend my congratulations and gratitude to this year’s winners, as they all continue to embrace innovative teaching methods that will develop the future leaders of tomorrow. We appreciate everyone who made this possible.

The runner-up was Robert Ballard, a Chapel-Hill Carrboro Municipal Schools teacher. A few shared comments about Ballard included, “I haven’t met a more passionate and caring person when it comes to his students’ success” and “He inspires enthusiasm for learning, collaborates with community stakeholders and prepares its students to be ready for employment in the automotive industry. Through partnerships, Ballard organized a racing program tied to Chapel Hill High School and NASCAR. Senior students worked to receive an official NASCAR pit crew license.

The finalists for the region’s NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year were Jennifer Kovacs from Dare County Schools and Jennifer Barclift from Camden County Schools.

Guest speakers for the evening included Jeff McDaris (Superintendent of Transylvania County Schools and Co-Chair of CTE’s Teacher of the Year Steering Committee), Marty Tobey (Deputy Director of CTE Regional Services and Reporting at NC DPI ), John Kirkman (NC ACTE Executive Director and Steering Committee Member), Dr. Karen Sumner (NCCAT Deputy Executive Director), Kristie VanAuken (Special Advisor to the Superintendent – Workforce Engagement), Trey Michael (Director Principal of the Office of Career and Technical Education – NC DPI), Richard Schwartz (Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Development Foundation of NCCAT, Inc.) and Dr. Kim Winter, Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University on behalf of WCU Chancellor Dr. Kelli Brown.

The NCCAT Career & Technical Teacher of the Year process was developed to honor teachers who are the future of education in North Carolina. Information about the program is available online at www.nccat.org/ctetoy.

The NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year will receive a cash prize of $5,000, national and state ACTE conference attendance, educational supplies funds for the teacher’s school, and a three-year membership at the NCACTE.

The runner-up will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and a three-year NCACTE membership.

Finalists will receive travel and replacement expenses for Regional Finalists to participate in NCCAT professional development and leadership development and a one-year membership in NCACTE.

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