Raleigh educator wins regional teacher of the year award

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2014 

— Maria Eby, a teacher at Bugg Elementary School in Raleigh, has been named Magnet Schools of America’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year for a region that includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Magnet Schools of America chose Eby as the winner of Region IV, one of 11 regions across the country. She’s now in the running to be named the trade organization’s National Teacher of the Year in May.

“Maria Eby is being recognized for her instructional excellence and innovative practices in the classroom,” Scott Thomas, executive director of Magnet Schools of America, said in a written statement Friday. “She was chosen for her ability to inspire students from all backgrounds to succeed, and for her demonstrated leadership within her school and community.”

Eby wore a green wig and dressed as a beanstalk to teach her first grade students to consider different perspectives in the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Eby’s costume was captured in a PBS news story earlier this year about using art to instruct students.

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