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Orange High School Teacher is a finalist for North Carolina Beginning Teacher of the Year!

Orange High School teacher Xavier Adams is a finalist for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2022 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. The winner and the runner-up for this statewide honor will be announced February 17, 2022.

Twenty-seven teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as finalists for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2022 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year Award in honor of their dedication, innovation, and ability to inspire students to achieve.

One of these talented educators will be named the NCCAT 2022 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year. The award is scheduled to be presented on February 17, 2022, at the Bardo Center on Western Carolina University campus.

“Public school educators across our state work hard every day to make an impact on the lives of North Carolina students,” NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble said. “Taking time to honor excellent beginning educators across our state through the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) 2022 Prudential NC Beginning Teacher of the Year program is important, as we are continually striving to elevate the teaching profession and emphasize the significance of the work they do every day. Congratulations to these finalists and the school districts they represent. We look forward to having them with us for a week of professional development and a special night to honor the teaching profession.”

Mr. Adams said, “I am incredibly grateful and honored to be named as a state finalist for the NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award. Honestly, I think that all of my peers are deserving of recognition: we have all had to endure the hardships of a pandemic on a personal level, yet we have each chosen to extend the best and most caring version of ourselves to our students on a daily basis. Although I never anticipated beginning my teaching career during a pandemic, part of the reason that I became a teacher was to intentionally put myself in a space where teenagers are in significant need of adults that care for them. During my childhood, I was a beneficiary of a similar type of intentional care when I was adopted by my parents. Although it was hard at times, I was given a lot of opportunities that I would not have had access to if I were not adopted. So, part of the reason that I became a teacher was to offer my students the same level of intentionality that my parents did, so they can live the meaningful lives that they envision for themselves. And, I want to equip my students to make the world a better place. Everyone deserves a place where they belong and are welcomed. So, as a history teacher, I hope to equip my students with the ability to think about the world as it has been and as it currently is, for the purpose of making our society as great as it can be.”

Mr. Adams was formally recognized at the January 10 meeting of the Orange County School Board.

“Mr. Adams continues to excel in the classroom for the betterment of his students and is a testament to the impact teachers have on the lives of their students, regardless of their years of service.  We appreciate that North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching making this acknowledgement available and honoring, not only Mr. Adams, but beginning teachers throughout the state,” said Dr. Monique Felder, Orange County Schools Superintendent.