He’s been making a difference in Gaston County Schools for the past 13 years. For the 2016-2017 school year, we’re sharing him with the entire state of North Carolina
Bobbie Cavnar, an English teacher at South Point High School, is the North Carolina Teacher of the Year, an award that recognizes his outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the teaching profession.
In his role, he is traveling across the state to inspire and encourage teachers and administrators and to serve as an advocate and spokesman for public education.
He also will act as an adviser to the State Board of Education, serve on the Board of Directors for the N.C. Public School Forum, and participate in the Education Policy Fellowship Program.
Cavnar earned the state award in April 2016 following his wins as Gaston County Teacher of the Year and Southwest Region Teacher of the Year. He is also in the running for the National Teacher of the Year award and will visit the White House in May 2017 for the competition.
As Teacher of the Year, Cavnar serves as an ambassador for North Carolina’s public schools - a role he feels is important: “Being a teacher is an incredibly important responsibility. I believe one of the fundamental and most important rights of Americans is the access to a free, quality public education. That opportunity is what America’s always been about."