NC Teacher of the Year will be at State of the Union

01/27/2014 11:48 AM

01/27/2014 11:49 AM

UPDATED to add Sen. Richard Burr’s information.

Sen. Kay Hagan’s guest at the president’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night will be the North Carolina’s current Teacher of the Year, Karyn Dickerson from Guilford County.

“I look forward to hearing directly from one of our state’s best teachers about what steps Washington can take to improve educational opportunities for all of our students to help ensure bright futures for each of them,” Hagan said in a statement on Monday.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is using his guest seat to invite one of his interns, said his spokeswoman Rachel Hicks. The Republican senator has made a practice of bringing an intern to provide a deeper view of Washington, she said.

Dickerson has been teaching English at Grimsley High School since 2006. She’s a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with a major in English, and she earned a master of philosophy degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dickerson then took education courses to become a teacher at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Appalachian State University.

Dickerson said in a statement that she was honored to be invited.

“As a representative of the 95,000 teachers and 1.5 million students in North Carolina, I am eager to hear what the president has to say about education in his address and to have conversations with Senator Hagan about the needs of schools in North Carolina to help prepare our students for their futures,” she said.

“I also want to share some of the truly innovative and inspiring teaching that I have seen in classrooms across North Carolina. Like all teachers, I view every experience as an educational opportunity, and I am looking forward to engaging in dialogue about education in our state and nation.”

First lady Michelle Obama also has invited a teacher of the year – DC’s Kathy Hollowell-Makle – to the Capitol for the speech on Tuesday night.

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