Burns High Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year

Burns High Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year
Posted on 12/23/2019

Southwest Region’s Teacher of the Year.

After a rigorous selection process among 12 other district winners, Chad Beam of Burns High School has been named the Southwest Region's Teacher of the Year. The surprise announcement was made to Beam in front of the entire Burns High student body in the gymnasium.

"This brings a lot of attention to my school and county," said Beam. "I am just grateful."

Since 1970, North Carolina has recognized outstanding teachers through the NC Teacher of the Year program. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the program was established to promote the profession through advocacy and support while recognizing quality teaching professionals implementing best practices within classrooms across North Carolina.

Of the eight regions in North Carolina, Cleveland County Schools is in the Southwest Region along with Anson County, Cabarrus County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Gaston County, Iredell-Statesville, Kannapolis City, Lincoln County, Mooresville Graded, Rowan-Salisbury, Stanly County, and Union County school districts.

"No matter the title, it is just passion," added Beam. "It is wonderful to love what you do. This is just icing on the cake for me."

Beam will soon interview for the opportunity to become the next North Carolina Burroughs Wellcome Fund Teacher of the Year. Frances Kiser, also an English teacher during her tenure, remains the only Cleveland County Schools teacher to be selected for this esteemed honor.

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