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William Honey Named 2022 BCS Teacher of the Year
William Honey Named 2022 BCS Teacher of the Year
Posted on 09/03/2021
Mr. William Honey, 2021-22 BCS Teacher of the YearBy: Benjamin Rickert
Featured Photo: Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Dept.

Third grade teacher Mr. William "Bill" Honey of W.D. Williams Elementary has been named the 2022 Buncombe County Schools (BCS) Teacher of the Year. The annual teacher-led awards tradition recognizes and honors teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

“I want to have a positive impact and be a positive influence on the kids' lives,” said Honey. “That’s why I got into education.”

During the September 2 Board of Education meeting, seven District Teachers of the Year were honored by the community. These finalists were selected on April 1 from among all 44 school Teachers of the Year in Buncombe County Schools, with Honey chosen to represent BCS’ Charles D. Owen District.

The program included remarks from Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin, Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger, 2021 BCS Teacher of the Year Jason Rhodes, Director of Communications Stacia Harris, and BCS Foundation Director Christy Cheek. Dr. Baldwin and Swanger referred to the seven finalists as the “best of the best,” and Baldwin praised them for their humility and service to students.

William Honey, BCS Teacher of the YearAfter the debut of this year’s District Teachers of the Year video production, Rhodes approached Baldwin with a big smile and a steel briefcase containing a letter. Dr. Baldwin opened the letter to reveal that teachers chose Honey to represent Buncombe County. Following a standing ovation, Honey received the iconic Teacher of the Year cup. The Buncombe County Schools Foundation then presented Honey with $1,000 for his classrom and $1,000 for his family on behalf of local sponsor HomeTrust Bank.

“What an honor. This is incredible,” Honey said while holding the cup. “There are a lot of people that I’ve got to thank, because there is no way that one person can do this and get this award.”

With 25 years of experience in education, Honey will now represent the district as he competes for Western Region Teacher of the Year. The winner of that title will become a finalist in the North Carolina Teacher of the Year program.

“Mr. Honey is the type of educator that makes every child in his classroom feel important and empowered,” said 2021 BCS Principal of the Year and former W.D. Williams Elementary Principal Carrie Lynch. “He has a way of building each student’s confidence through the feedback he gives, reassuring their understanding and encouraging them to keep learning.”

Watch Mr. Honey's live announcement on Facebook. The full Sept. 2 Board of Education meeting is available on YouTube.

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