Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed May 4-8 North Carolina State Teacher Appreciation Week today during a ceremony before students, teachers and staff gathered at Vernon Malone College and Career Academy.
“Today, I recognize the passion, commitment and excellence of North Carolina teachers,” said Governor McCrory. “Teachers dedicate their lives to preparing the next generation and building a brighter future for every citizen in our state, not just their students. We all benefit from the work that our teachers do, and we should celebrate them not only during this week, but every week.”
Governor McCrory also praised the Kenan Fellows Program at the ceremony which recognized the recipients of its annual fellowship awards and announced the members of its 2015-2016 class. The Kenan Fellows Program was established in 2000 as an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University. The Kenan Fellows Program develops and engages strong teacher leaders to drive innovation in schools. To learn more about the program, click here.
“We need to build upon the model the Kenan Fellows Program provides in order to engage many more teachers in opportunities that strengthen their impact.” Governor McCrory continued. “We have thousands of excellent teachers leading classrooms across North Carolina today, and by supporting and rewarding our educators, we can entice the best and brightest North Carolina has to offer to enter the great and noble profession of teaching.”
The governor concluded the ceremony with a tour of Vernon Malone College and Career Academy to see where students are learning needed skills such as welding, HVAC repair and auto mechanics.