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New Teacher Advisory Board Created by Gov. Cooper

Near the end of August, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper created a new teacher advisory board.

In a press release, the Governor said that, “Teachers and school support staff will bring critical knowledge, skills, and experience to our ongoing conversations about improving North Carolina’s education system.”

“The Teacher Advisory Committee will give insight into how we can show educators the respect they deserve and be instrumental in helping North Carolina become a Top Ten Most Educated State by 2025,” Cooper’s statement said.

According to the press release, the Governor used an Executive Order (No. 16) to create the new teacher advisory board.

The board will be include 25 teachers and “support personnel appointed by Gov. Cooper,” and teacher advisory board will advise the governor on “a variety of educational issues” as well as policy and budget decisions.

The new teacher advisory board can be contacted via email at

Cooper has already made appointments to the new teacher advisory board, which includes NC Association of Educators President, Mark Jewell:

  • Tomika Altman-Lewis is an academically and intellectually gifted (AIG) facilitator/teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary School.
  • Michael Bonner is an elementary school teacher at South Greenville Elementary School in Pitt County.
  • Lara Brickhouse is an adaptive physical education teacher in Durham County Schools.
  • Betty Brown teaches social studies at Zebulon GT Magnet School in Wake County.
  • Bobbie Cavnar is the 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and teaches AP literature at South Point High School in Gaston County.
  • Christine Conley teaches music at Needham B. Broughton High School in Wake County.
  • Nashonda Cooke is a special education interventionist at Carroll Middle Magnet School in Wake County.
  • LeAnna Delph teaches English language arts and social studies at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School in Buncombe County.
  • David Diamont is the head football coach at East Surry High School and teaches history as a substitute following 40+ years as a classroom teacher.
  • Lisa Godwin is the 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
  • Demetria Grissett is a career and technical education coordinator in Robeson County Schools.
  • Mark Jewell is the president of the North Carolina Association of Educators.
  • Tasha Martinez teaches English language arts at Warsaw Middle School in Duplin County.
  • Denise McCoy is a parent involvement coordinator for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
  • Elyse McCrae teaches social studies at South Central High School in Pitt County.
  • Julio Morales teaches Spanish at Mattamuskeet Elementary School in Hyde County.
  • Juandalynn Ray Sampson is the teacher advancement coordinator and language arts teacher in Clinton City Schools.
  • Brad Rhew teaches science and math at Cook Literacy Model School in Forsyth County.
  • Mireya Ruiz teaches 2nd grade and Spanish at Siler City Elementary School in Chatham County.
  • Kimberly Sanderlin is an academically gifted/ELA specialist in Durham County Schools.
  • Nicole Sikes teaches art at Anson High School in Anson County.
  • Kimberley Strickland teaches 1st grade at River Dell Elementary in Johnston County.
  • Mark Townley teaches academic, honors, and AP earth and environmental science at Holly Springs High School in Wake County.
  • Keana Triplett is the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and teaches English at Ashe County High School.

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