Superintendent Mark Garrett is pleased to announce that Carrie Franklin has been selected as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year for the Northwest Region. Franklin was named Teacher of the Year for McDowell County Schools back in May. She was announced as a finalist for the NW Region earlier this month. Franklin will now compete against the Regional Teachers of the Year from seven other regions for the state title.
The announcement of Franklin’s selection was made on Monday morning at Glenwood Elementary in front of the entire student body, faculty, district and region representatives, and many family and friends of Ms. Franklin. On hand to help make the announcement was the current NC Teacher of the Year Mr. Bobbie J. Cavnar of Gaston County. Cavnar shared with the group that “Ms. Franklin will be very busy in the coming year making appearances and giving speeches just like I am doing today. She will have a great year!”
Glenwood principal Amy Dowdle shared with everyone that it had been an interesting week planning the assembly without letting ‘Miss Carrie’ find out, and Superintendent Mark Garrett added that “the tough part will be doing without Ms. Franklin for a whole year when she is named the state Teacher of the Year.” Franklin spoke to the group in tears and thanked all of her supporters; “I could not be here today without the love and support of my students, my colleagues, and most of all my family. I love what I do and feel so blessed.”
The last Regional Teacher of the Year for McDowell County Schools was Sarah Pratt back in 1993. Ms. Pratt went on to be named the 1993 NC Teacher of the Year. The 2017 North Carolina Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year will be announced in May.