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OCS names the 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year, honors all finalists at special banquet

Shannon Floyd

On Monday, May 2, administrative leaders of Orange County Schools and board members met at Grady A. Brown Elementary School to surprise and announce Shannon Floyd as Teacher of the Year, in front of the entire Grady A. Brown Elementary staff and student body.

“We are so proud to have Shannon Floyd represent all the amazing teachers of Orange County Schools as the 2022-2023 OCS Teacher of the Year,” said Joyce Hatcher, Chief of Human Capital.

The second runner up was Melinda Barnhardt of Cedar Ridge High School; the third runner up was Megan Petrizzi of Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary School.

Ms. Floyd has taught at Grady A. Brown Elementary School for the past 16 years. OCS Superintendent Dr. Monique Felder said:

Ms. Floyd is a true teacher leader where she exemplifies the very best of Orange County Schools. She has implemented school wide STEM challenges, served as a beginning teacher mentor, and helped facilitate schoolwide family nights, including the GAB Science Night. Ms. Floyd is intentional about building relationships with her students, colleagues, and families by establishing trust and ensuring that her students feel safe, loved, and part of a larger community. Ms. Floyd builds standards-based lessons that ensure each and every child can be successful in her classroom. She works collaboratively with the other teachers in her building, including the English Language Development Specialist, to proactively remove barriers for her English language learners, to set them up for success. And she ensures high levels of academic achievement and success in her classroom through small group interventions, using visuals and manipulatives in the math classroom, and incorporating STEM activities into her curriculum every day. 

Each of the individual school nominees for Teacher of the Year came together on Thursday, May 5 for a time of recognition, reflection, celebration at the New Hope Conference Center, Inc., at a special banquet. Here is the complete list of finalists:


Melanie Vonbraunsberg

A.L. Stanback Middle

6-8 CTE - Business

Melinda Barnhardt

Cedar Ridge High 

English Teacher

Stephanie Richards-Lea


5th Grade

Megan Petrizzi

Efland-Cheeks Global

4th Grade

Shannon Floyd

Grady A. Brown

3rd Grade

Logan Parker

Gravelly Hill Middle

6th Grade

Beth Reilly


2nd Grade

Abby Allred

New Hope

2nd Grade

Amanda Strong

Orange High School


Mark Harrington

Orange Middle

8th grade Social Studies

Kimberly Harshaw



Katie Errico

River Park


Jeremy Wilson

Partnership Academy

Math Teacher 9-12

Ms. Floyd stated outright that she would not “be where she is today” without her fellow educators and school family. She acknowledged the help of “every person in this (school) building” who played a part in guiding the development of her craft through these years, and influencing the delivery of effective instruction for children. And it was important to bring the announcement of her selection straight to her school.

Every year in OCS, one teacher from each school vies for this district-level distinction. These outstanding educators undergo a selection process led by the Human Capital Department. Districts from across the state then submit their top teacher’s name to the RESA organization for consideration to “level up” in the upcoming school year. So from this point, Ms. Floyd will go on to compete for the regional title this fall, which involved an arduous application and interview process. If she is chosen at the regional level, she will have the opportunity to be a contender for the state honor. 

The annual Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year competition brings privileges and responsibilities for those who have earned the distinction. 

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