Teacher of the Year Program
The annual Teacher of the Year tradition within Buncombe County Schools recognizes teachers of exceptional skill and commitment, and is an opportunity for teachers to recognize peers who exemplify the profession and its values.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our teachers of the year,” said Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. “Their recognition is well-deserved and their successes are evident everyday in our classrooms.”

BCS is unique in that teachers lead the process from start to finish, both at the school level, and in selecting district and county-wide teachers of the year. Each school’s chosen educator will submit essays to a teacher-led committee that conducts interviews and classroom visits over several months to choose seven district finalists. (The program expanded from six finalists to seven in 2018.) The county-wide BCS Teacher of the Year is announced at an awards banquet each fall.

Buncombe County Schools Teachers of the Year

2019, Joseph Halpin, Pisgah Elementary
2018, Elizabeth Love, A.C. Reynolds High
2017, Catherine Belair, Valley Springs Middle
2016, Brian Gonzales, Clyde A. Erwin High
2015, Nicole Phelps, Charles D. Owen Middle
2014, Terry Quick, Black Mountain Primary
2013, Dawn Rookey, Charles D. Owen High
2012, Christine Brown, North Buncombe Middle
2011, Eric Grant, Buncombe County Early College
2010, Meredith Stanley, Haw Creek Elementary
2009, Robyn Pass, Clyde A. Erwin Middle
2008, Bill Feste, Charles D. Owen Middle
2007, Robin Smathers. Weaverville Primary
2006, Kevin Baxter, Fairview Elementary
2005, Kim Ferguson, Johnston Elementary
2004, Jackie Mangum, Avery’s Creek Elementary
2003, Gin Hodge, Glen Arden Elementary
2002, Penny Weaver, Enka High
2001, Paul Grass, Valley Springs Middle
2000, Art Snead, A.C. Reynolds High
1999, Jack McMahan, Charles D. Owen Middle
1998, Sandy Ponder, North Buncombe High
1997, David Voyles, Clyde A. Erwin High
1996, Donna Pate, Charles D. Owen High
1995, Myra Goodwin, Estes Progressive Education Program
1994, Marta Johnson (Garcia), Haw Creek Elementary
1993, Michael O’Byrne, Pisgah Elementary
1992, Lynne Edwards, Glen Arden Elementary
1991, David Voyles, Clyde A. Erwin High
1990, Sheila Carter, Clyde A. Erwin High
1989, Michael Everhart, T.C. Roberson High
1988, Nancy McKellar, A.C. Reynolds High
1987, Carolyn Smith, Glen Arden Elementary
1986, Sallie McDuffie, Charles D. Owen High
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