• May 15, 2015 • Education

    Asheville, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory are inviting the public to the annual Spring Open House at the North Carolina Governor's Western Residence from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16th. The governor and first lady will welcome the public to the open house where admission is free.


    "We invite everyone to come explore the grounds surrounding the home where hundreds of wild bird species, plant and animal life inhabit," said First Lady Ann McCrory. "Whether you are an avid gardener or just appreciate the beauty of nature, there is plenty to inspire, amaze and delight. Afterwards, enjoy some of the region’s best examples of North Carolina arts and crafts with a tour of the Residence."


    Featuring  breath-taking views of Mt. Pisgah and downtown Asheville, the 3,140-foot-high home located at 45 Patton Mountain Road, off Town Mountain Road serves as a retreat for North Carolina governors and their families and houses government officials visiting the Asheville area on state business.


    The 6,000 square foot residence and open pavilion situated atop 18 acres of wooded grounds is also a magnificent meeting venue for many local civic and cultural groups. For more information on the Open House or event rentals of the Governor’s Western Residence, please contact Trish Smothers at 828-225-0122 or 828-747-9962.




    • From I-40 take I-240 West to downtown Asheville
    • Take the Charlotte St. exit (5B)
    • Turn left at the light onto Charlotte St.
    • Go to the second traffic light and turn left onto College St.
    • Proceed one block and turn left onto Town Mountain Rd.
    • Continue 2.3 miles up Town Mountain Rd. and turn left onto Patton Mountain Rd. (See the sign directing you to the Western Residence)
    • Proceed up Patton Mountain Rd. for 0.2 miles – the Residence entrance is on the right




    • From I-40 take I-240 East to downtown Asheville
    • Take the Charlotte St. exit
    • Turn right onto Charlotte St.
    • Go one block and turn left onto College St.
    • Proceed one block and turn left onto Town Mountain Rd.
    • Continue 2.3 miles up Town Mountain Rd. and turn left onto Patton Mountain Rd. (See the sign directing you to the Western Residence)

    Proceed up Patton Mountain Rd. for 0.2 miles – the Residence entrance is on the right

  • May 6, 2015 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C.- Governor Pat McCrory will be delivering the commencement addresses at Forsyth Technical Community College and Elizabeth City State University this week.


    "North Carolina's community college and university systems are among our state's most important assets and I'm committed to supporting them in their efforts to prepare North Carolina's next generation with needed skills," said Governor McCrory. "It's an honor to address graduates from both systems this year as they graduate and enter a new step in their lives."


    Addressing Forsyth Tech on Thursday and Elizabeth City State on Saturday, the governor will highlight efforts to support both community colleges and the university system. Last month, Governor McCrory unveiled his Connect NC bond proposal which includes more than $700 million for infrastructure to support innovation and research at community colleges and universities throughout North Carolina.


    Governor McCrory has also delivered commencement addresses at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Wingate University, Campbell Law School and his alma mater Catawba College.

  • May 5, 2015 • Education

    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.


May 18, 2015Education

WHEREAS, graduate education is vital to the scientific, cultural and economic needs of local, state and global communities and is critical to discovery and creativity; and


WHEREAS, graduate education draws more than 44 thousand students from North Carolina, as well as from across our nation and the world, to our prestigious colleges and universities; and

WHEREAS, our 21st century economy will depend upon the skills of a highly educated workforce, with many careers requiring an education level of a master’s degree or beyond; and

WHEREAS, according to the Council of Graduate Schools, by the end of the decade, it is expected that there will be a 22 percent increase in jobs requiring a master’s degree and about 20 percent for jobs that require a doctorate or professional degree; and

WHEREAS, graduate students help mentor undergraduate students, act as teaching assistants, and support the efforts and research of faculty, while becoming experts in their chosen fields of study; and

WHEREAS, a graduate education provides a higher level of expertise that prepares students to become highly skilled professionals; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is proud to be home to numerous graduate programs in diverse disciplines, offering scholars a wide array of opportunities to advance their education;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 18-22, 2015, as “GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.




  • April 15, 2015 • Education
    Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after President Barack Obama mischaracterized North Carolina's commitment to education during a brief visit to Charlotte today:


    "I was disappointed to learn that the President used a portion of his quick visit today to unfairly and incorrectly malign our education system in the great state of North Carolina, then hop back on Air Force One and return to Washington.

    "The facts are clear. I signed one of the largest teacher raises in state history and more students are graduating high school now than during any time the three Democrat governors who preceded me were in office.

    "I would urge the President in the future to stick with the facts -  and refrain from 'editorializing' on a quick trip funded by taxpayers. 


    "I invite the President to come back and spend some time to visit our great universities, community colleges and K-12 schools so he can see our successes firsthand."

  • April 7, 2015 • Education

    Raleigh, N.C. - Keana C. Triplett, an English teacher from Ashe County High School, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Triplett was chosen among eight regional teachers of the year as well as the charter school teacher of the year.  


    “Teachers are the number one factor in our students’ academic success. The excellence on display today is a reflection of the greatness that is happening in classrooms across North Carolina,” Governor McCrory said. “I look forward to meeting Ms. Triplett as she represents teachers who are the heart and soul of our state and who have my deepest gratitude for nurturing and teaching the next generation of leaders for North Carolina.” 


    Triplett is in her 10th year of teaching at Ashe County High. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Secondary English Education and has earned a Master's in Instructional Technology from ASU.  


    North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year Award is sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 


    The Regional and Charter School Teachers of the Year are: 

    • Jami Dickerson (Region 1: Northeast): Eastern Elementary, Pitt County Schools
    • Joshua D. Gaskill (Region 2: Southeast): Pamlico County High, Pamlico County Schools
    • Jeremy C. Tucker (Region 3: North Central): James B. Hunt High, Wilson County Schools
    • Mariel Barker Sellers (Region 4: Sandhills/ South Central): East Columbus High, Columbus County Schools
    • JoAnna Massoth (Region 5: Piedmont-Triad): Chatham Middle, Chatham County Schools
    • Jennifer Whitley (Region 6: Southwest) Forest Hills High, Union County Public Schools
    • Keana C. Triplett (Region 7: Northwest) Ashe County High, Ashe County Schools
    • Randy Pressley (Region 8: Western) Tuscola High, Haywood County Schools
    • Elizabeth Anne Padgett (Charter School) Lake Norman Charter, Huntersville


April 7, 2015Education

WHEREAS, for more than 50 years, the North Carolina Community College System has opened the door to education and career training for millions of North Carolinians; and


WHEREAS, 40 percent of North Carolina’s wage-earners have attended a North Carolina community college in the past 10 years; and


WHEREAS, the 58 institutions of the North Carolina Community College System enroll more than 800,000 students each year; and


WHEREAS, the majority of those community college students pursue their studies while they work and manage family responsibilities; and


WHEREAS, North Carolina’s community college students take the benefits of excellent preparation into the workforce, into further education and into their communities, strengthening the state’s economy for all North Carolinians; and


WHEREAS, North Carolina’s community colleges are in the forefront of education change in our state as vital partners in health care, business and industry, small business, public service and workforcetraining, opening the doors of opportunity to those who need education the most; and


WHEREAS, students, faculty, staff, presidents and business partners who have demonstrated outstanding academic and professional efforts during the last year will be recognized as part of North Carolina Community College’s annual celebration of “The Great Within the 58;”


NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2015, as “NORTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION MONTH”in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this second day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.





  • Group convened in Durham to discuss rewarding leadership in the classroom, the role of technology and the latest state budget proposal

    March 10, 2015 • Education

    Durham, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory spoke with teachers from throughout the state today for a meeting of his Teacher Advisory Committee, a committee re-established in September 2013 to address the needs of North Carolina K-12 teachers and students.


    “Our budget continues my commitment to teachers for the tremendous work they do every day for our students.  We continue our commitment to modernizing our teacher pay scale; an overall investment of over $1 billion since I took office.  We follow through on our commitment to raise the base pay for North Carolina teachers to $35k and are frontloading the salary schedule so that teachers can earn more money faster.  We are also calling for $15 million for a differentiated way to pay teachers for their leadership and impact on student achievement, " said Governor McCrory. "These proposals, combined with the recommendations discussed today, will form an approach to educating in our state that puts student achievement first."


    The governor began the meeting by recognizing attendees, including chairman of the State Board of Education (SBOE) Bill Cobey; SBOE Executive Director Martez Hill; Dr. Lynne Johnson, director of Educator Effectiveness for the Department of Public Instruction; and Sue Breckenridge, executive director of North Carolina Business Committee on Education (NCBCE).


    Today was the first meeting of the newly appointed members of the committee for 2014-2015. Governor McCrory took a moment to honor 2013-14 members, as well as the newly appointed members. Afterward, the governor announced that James Ford, a history teacher from Garinger High School and the 2014 Teacher of the Year, would chair the committee.


    The new members of the committee:

    • James Ford (Mecklenburg County) – Ford is the 2014-2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Ford is a ninth-grade history teacher at Garinger High School in Charlotte.
    • Maria Topliff (Onslow County) - Topliff is the 2014 North Carolina Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year. Topliff teaches with NCVPS’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program, where she teachers OCS Blended English 2 and is an instructional leader for American history.
    • Maurice Atwood (Forsyth County) – Atwood is a teacher at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons. He was formerly a teacher at Parkland High School.
    • Kathy Blackwell (Henderson County) - Blackwell is a third grade teacher at Dana Elementary School in Henderson County. Blackwell worked as a teacher assistant for nine years. 
    • Arthina Blanchard (Wake County)- Blanchard is a math teacher at East Cary Middle School in Cary, North Carolina. As a 2014-2015 Kenan Fellow, Blanchard works with NC State University and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to collect and decipher DNA sequence data from a diverse array of organisms.
    • G. Neil Bolick (Catawba County) – Bolick is a Spanish teacher at Mill Creek Middle School in Newton, North Carolina. Bolick has been teaching for 25 years. 
    • Tonya Kepley (Rowan County) – Kepley is an elementary school math teacher in China Grove, North Carolina. She is a recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
    • Karen Koonce (Cumberland County) - Koonce is a third grade teacher at Van Story Elementary school in Cumberland County. She is a National Board Certified teacher and was the 2008 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year. 
    • Susan Mills (Cumberland County) – Mills is a family and consumer science teacher at Midway High School. While her daughter was in school, she volunteered with various groups, including serving two years as PTA president. 
    • Noreen Naiman (Durham County) - Naiman has been teaching at NCSSM since 1992. She primarily teaches the molecular courses (classical genetics, molecular genetics, and molecular and cellular biology) in the biology department. 
    • Kathy Saunders (Randolph County) - Saunders is a high school English teacher in Asheboro, North Carolina. She is a 2014 Regional Teacher of the Year. 
    • Kristen Smith (Sampson County) – Smith is a high school English teacher in Clinton City Schools. She is a Teach For America corps member and a former Leadership for Educational Equity Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow in the Governor’s Office. 
    • Chris Weaver (Buncombe County) – Weaver is a third grade teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville, North Carolina. He is a 2014 Regional Teacher of the Year. 

    Reappointed members include:

    • Karyn Dickerson (Guilford County) – Dickerson is the 2013-2014 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She is an academic coach for Guilford County Schools. 
    • Jennifer Currin (New Hanover County) – Currin is the 2013 North Carolina Virtual Public School Online Teacher of the Year, and is a finalist for the 2013 National Online Teacher of the Year. Currin is an Instructional Leader and Online and Blended Learning Teacher at North Carolina Virtual Public School.
    • Rebecca Bishop (Franklin County) – Bishop is a third grade teacher at Franklinton Elementary in Franklin County. At Franklinton, she is a grade-level chair, PTA representative, School Improvement Team member and mentor teacher. 
    • George Brunetti (Pender County) – Brunetti is a kindergarten teacher at Burgaw Elementary School in Pender County. Brunetti specializes in working with English as a Second Language students and has been teaching since 1979.
    • Dot Case (Henderson County) – Case is a United States history teacher at North Henderson High School in Henderson County. She has taught in Henderson County schools for 44 years, and was chosen as Region 7’s Teacher of the Year in 2009-2010. 
    • DeAnna Foust-Platt (Alamance County) – Foust-Platt is a middle school English language arts teacher at Ray Street Academy in the Alamance-Burlington School System. She is Alamance-Burlington School System’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. 
    • Brett Noble (Halifax County) – Noble is an 11th grade American literature teacher at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory in Northampton County. He is a KIPP National Network Featured Teacher, KIPP National Network AP Literature Lead Teacher, and 11th grade and English Department Chair at KIPP Gaston. 

    Throughout the meeting, members discussed reducing the burden of over-testing, teacher preparation and certification, ways to reward teacher performance and leadership and the role of technology in the classroom. Brenda Berg and Tara James of the nonprofit Business for Educational Success and Transformation ("BEST NC") also addressed members.


    The role of the committee is to advise the governor on best practices to improve student outcomes, to improve teaching and learning in North Carolina public schools, to identify, recognize and celebrate innovative schools and school systems in North Carolina and to recommend strategies for recruiting and retaining quality educators. The term length is one year.


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