Carl Harrington has received the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award from the Smith-Bryan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He teaches at East Wake Academy.
Harrington has been a high school history teacher since 2007. His primary duty is U.S. history, including Honor U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from N.C. State University.
“Mr. Harrington is a creative and innovative teacher who uses technology to engage students in historical events and activities while teaching them to appreciate history, specifically American history,” the DAR said in a news release. With a multi-year grant, he created a virtual history museum for students to experience history through something other than a textbook. The museum is online at https://www.facebook.com/EastWakeAcademyVirtualHistoryMuseum.
Harrington has developed lesson plans that he shares with other teachers online, including “American Industrial Revolution Shark Tank” and “Ghost Busters: Founding Fathers.”
Since 2009, he has taught at East Wake Academy, a K-12 public charter school serving students from a five-county area. Before that, he taught at Hertford County High School and East Wake High School.
Harrington is his school’s High School Teacher of the Year, and he is a North Carolina Teacher of the Year candidate.
A resident of Wendell, Harrington and his wife, Stacey Stumph Harrington, a pre-K teacher, have one daughter, Leah.
Harrington said he inherited his love of woodworking from his late father, Tommy Harrington, and his love of teaching from his mother, Barbara Lewis Harrington of Windsor.