CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — A Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools educator was chosen Friday as the 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year, officials say.
Eugenia Floyd is a fourth-grade teacher at Scroggs Elementary. She is also a graduate of East Chapel Hill High, according to a news release from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
Floyd was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools.
“Herself a product of the school district where she now teaches, Floyd began her educational career as a teaching assistant before earning her teaching license eight years ago, and a master’s degree last year in gifted education,” the news release said.
Floyd said as a student she faced with what she saw as low expectations from her teachers.
“As a teacher, I strive to make sure my behavior and academic expectations are high for my students,” Floyd said in her Teacher of the Year submission. “I am a true believer that students will do what you expect them to do.”
Floyd began working as a teachers’ assistant after earning a bachelor’s degree in history from UNC Greensboro, and during her last two years as a teaching assistant, she earned her teaching credential from North Carolina Central University.
Her master’s degree in gifted education is from Elon University.
Finalists for the 2021 award are:
- Northeast: Jennifer Attkisson, White Oak Elementary, Edenton-Chowan Schools
- Southeast: Jennifer Bryan, South Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Schools
- North Central: Eugenia Floyd, Mary Scroggs Elementary, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
- Sandhills: Nicole Rivers, Gray’s Creek High School, Cumberland County Schools
- Piedmont Triad: Kelly Poquette, E.M. Yoder Elementary, Alamance-Burlington School System
- Southwest: Cecelia Sizoo-Roberson, Piedmont IB Middle School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)
- Northwest: Erin Ellington, Mabel School (Watauga County Schools)
- West: Susanna Cerrato, Ira B. Jones Elementary (Asheville City Schools)
- Charter schools: Jeremy White, West Lake Preparatory Academy