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Caroline McCrary named N-CCS Teacher of the Year


Caroline McCrary named N-CCS Teacher of the Year

Newton, NC — May 30, 2017 — Mrs. Caroline McCrary, Science Teacher at Newton-Conover High School, was named the 2017 N-CCS Teacher of the Year at this year’s Staff of the Year Banquet.

Caroline McCrary, N-CHS Biology teacher, and students completing a lab.Since December of 2012, Caroline has taught Biology, Honors Biology, Biology II Honors, and AP Biology at Newton-Conover High School.  A graduate of the Teacher Education program at Appalachian State University, Caroline received both a Bachelors degree in Biology – Secondary Education and a Bachelors degree in Biology – Ecology and Evolutionary Sciences from ASU. Most recently, Caroline also graduated in May of 2017 with a Masters degree in the Biological Sciences from Clemson University.

Caroline has been instrumental in serving the state as an instructional leader during her time in the Caroline McCrary and Chris Penleyclassroom at N-CHS.  During the 2014-2015 school year, Caroline was a part of the Governor’s Teacher Network, a program developed by NCDPI and the Governor’s office. She was able to develop lesson plans for biology that have been shared with teachers across the entire state of North Carolina.

On the district level, Caroline currently serves as a Teacher Leader on both the Technology Team and Curriculum Council for the N-CCS district.  Caroline has also been instrumental in examining what “good teaching” means through the Instructional Core rollout Caroline McCrary, N-CCS Teacher of the Yearin Newton-Conover Schools, where she has assisted in developing and presenting professional development on the Instructional Core Framework to teachers in our district.  Caroline has also led research expeditions with groups of students to Peru, and currently has the next date set for a summer research expedition to South Africa with students from both Newton-Conover and Discovery High Schools.

In her spare time, Caroline also greatly enjoys music, spending time outdoors, and spending time with her family. To put Caroline’s drive and passion for teaching into one sentence is best shared through her own words: “I hope to make learning science fun for your students.”

Justin and Caroline McCraryCaroline resides in Mocksville with her husband, Justin, who serves as the Band Teacher at South Davie Middle School in Mocksville, NC.

It goes without saying that Caroline has an authentic passion for teaching and sharing what she learns with others.  To take a glimpse into Caroline’s classroom, hear more about her teaching, and learn from a student’s perspective why she has earned this honor, take a few moments and watch the video above!


Press Contact:
James Frye
Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer
Newton-Conover City Schools

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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