Jan. 27, 2014. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today announced that she will host North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, Karyn Dickerson, at the State of the Union tomorrow night. Karyn, who is an English teacher at Grimsley High School in Greensboro ,was named the 2013-2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year last May. As the Teacher of the Year, Karyn has spent the year traveling the state serving as an ambassador for North Carolina public schools and the teaching profession.
“I’m excited that Karyn will join me for the State of the Union address tomorrow night,” said Senator Hagan. “The work she does every day in her classroom has a profound effect on her students, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated, inspiring teacher educating children in North Carolina. I look forward to hearing directly from one of our state’s best teachers about what steps Washington can take to improve educational opportunities for all of our students to help ensure bright futures for each of them.”
“I am incredibly honored that Senator Hagan has invited me to attend the State of the Union address. As a representative of the 95,000 teachers and 1.5 million students in North Carolina, I am eager to hear what the President has to say about education in his address and to have conversations with Senator Hagan about the needs of schools in North Carolina to help prepare our students for their futures,” said Karyn Dickerson, North Carolina’s Teach of the Year. “I also want to share some of the truly innovative and inspiring teaching that I have seen in classrooms across North Carolina. Like all teachers, I view every experience as an educational opportunity, and I am looking forward to engaging in dialogue about education in our state and nation.”
As a member of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Hagan believes that ensuring a quality education for every child is critical to economic opportunity and our future prosperity. Hagan has been active in efforts to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. Several of her commonsense proposals have been incorporated into the latest version of the bill passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, including her education technology proposal to bring classrooms into the 21st century, her financial literacy initiative and provisions to turnaround our lowest performing schools.