"Jennifer finds ways to make social studies relevant to her students so that they connect with the events and people and remember what they've learned," State Superintendent June Atkinson said. "She understands that education is not about teaching, but students learning."
In accepting the award, Facciolini spoke of the importance of educating each child.
"Often in education we have been presented with a ‘shoot to the middle' philosophy and we fail to teach each child. It is imperative that we assess where each child is academically and work to improve and expand upon their knowledge and skills. Our future depends on the total education of every student," she said.
AT&T officials joined state educational leaders in announcing the 2010-11 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. This is the third year AT&T has sponsored the state's recognition program, the most prestigious honor for North
Facciolini has 11 years of teaching experience and has taught social studies for the last three at Midway High School.
The other regional finalists were:
- North Central Region: Rene Herrick, Combs Elementary (Wake County Schools);
- Northeast Region: Vann Lassiter, John A. Holmes High (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools);
- Northwest Region: Joy Jenkins, Cleveland Elementary (Rowan-Salisbury Schools);
- Southwest Region: David Dahari, Marvin Ridge High (Union County Schools);
- Sandhills/South Central Region: Amber Watkins, Scotland Early College High (Scotland County Schools);
- Piedmont-Triad/Central Region: Courtney Davis, Randleman High (Randolph County Schools);
- West Region: Dorothy Case, North Henderson High (Henderson County Schools); and
- Charter Schools: Stuart Miles, Evergreen Community Charter (Asheville).