Greensboro, NC - A Guilford County teacher just won a very special award. Grimsley High School's Karyn Dickerson is North Carolina's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. Dickerson is excited to represent educators in our state, but she has a lot on her to-do list.
WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain spoke with her about some of those challenges ahead, including teacher pay and putting funding back into the classroom.
"Currently in North Carolina, we are 46th in the nation for teacher salary and 48th in the nation in terms of student funding. When you add that to the fact that 82 percent of prisoners are high school drop outs, then it really seems like we need to put education back in the forefront of our conversations," said Dickerson.
Dickerson is one of those teachers who does a lot more with less, but here's why she sticks with it. "Every now and then, you'll have a student say I get this, and those moments really make it worthwhile," she said.
Inspired by her mother, a former Title 1 teacher, Dickerson fell in love with the classroom at an early age. "I wanted to be like my mom, I even had a chalkboard and I taught to my stuffed animals," she laughed. At UNC Chapel Hill she tossed around the idea of being an attorney or a college professor, but after one day in the classroom, "I fell in love with it! I decided this is absolutely what I want to do and I haven't looked back since then."
Dickerson teaches English at Grimsley High School in Greensboro. She'll get some perks as Teacher of the Year, including a car to use to travel the state serving as an ambassador for teaching. And she'll also receive a cash award of $7,500, and a trip to the National Teacher of the Year conference.