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Lisa Godwin 2016-2017 Region II – Southeast Region Teacher of the Year

 Lisa Godwin
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Dixon Elementary kindergarten teacher Lisa Godwin is in the running to become North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year.


During a schoolwide assembly Friday (Dec. 16), Bobbie Cavnar, the 2016 N.C. Teacher of the year, stopped by the school to surprise Godwin and give her the news she has been named Southeast Region Teacher of the Year. She will compete against the other regional winners for the state title.


“I was completely surprised,” said Godwin, who was named Onslow County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year in Sept. “I thought I had to wait until after the New Year.” In a tearful moment, she shared that she was glad her father was in on the secret that she was selected, so knew just before he passed away. “He was my biggest cheerleader … so I know he is looking down on this today and is so happy.”


Godwin was born and raised in Swann Station, located near Sanford, NC. She graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian Collage and began her teaching career in the Lee County School district as an Instructional Assistant. She obtained a Master’s Degree in School Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as an assistant principal in Lee County for two years. In 2012 she joined the Onslow County Schools’ family as assistant principal at Meadow View Elementary for two years. Although she enjoyed being an administrator, her heart was in the classroom. She joined Dixon Elementary in 2013. She said she has never regretted her decision to return to teaching. Godwin also serves as a beginning teacher mentor and is currently working on obtaining National Board Certification.


After a series of relevant screening activities, a committee consisting of professional educators as well business and community leaders chooses the State Teacher of the Year. The State Teacher of the Year and the other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide ongoing professional development and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education, Cavnar explained.


Godwin wants to be a voice for the teachers. “I want people to know the great things that are happening in (Onslow County Schools) and in the state. I think we focus too much on the negative; it’s time to focus on the positive,” she said.


She also looks forward to going out to speak to civic groups. “(Education) is a community thing — we need our communities behind us. I want to talk to them about how they can be an active member of our school community.”






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