Eugenia Floyd Named 2020-21 Regional Teacher of the Year
Eugenia Floyd, fourth grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary School (MSES), and 2020-21 Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year, has been named one of nine North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year. She will advance to the competition for 2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Regional Teachers of the Year are all outstanding professionals, chosen for their dedication, implementation of best practices and their ability to motivate students to achieve their highest potential.
At a surprise event at MSES on Wednesday, December 16, a parade was held in the carpool circle. When Ms. Floyd came outside to have pictures made, she was presented with the award and a long line of cars awaited her. Students and colleagues honked, waved and displayed posters as they drove by the front of the school. Family members from around the country were able to participate online.
The regional winners are selected by a State Teacher of the Year team, which consists of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year, along with previous regional winners for the principal and teacher of the year awards. Floyd represents the North Central Region, comprised of 16 school districts, including Wake, Durham, Chatham and Johnston.
Floyd received the CHCCS Teacher of the Year award at the virtual annual recognition reception on June 12. Her principal, Crystal Epps, was named CHCCS Principal of the Year, a double honor for MSES in 2020.
After earning her B.A. in history from UNC-Greensboro, Floyd began working as a teacher assistant at Morris Grove Elementary School. Her family and friends observed she was a natural educator, and Floyd knew she had found her profession and her calling. She earned her K-6 Licensure at North Carolina Central University in 2013, and began teaching fourth grade at MSES that year. In 2019, Floyd earned her Academically/Intellectually Gifted Licensure from Elon University, followed by a Masters in Gifted Education in 2020.
At MSES she serves as a mentor teacher. In her communications and support of fellow teachers since the pandemic began, Floyd emphasizes her message as “This is What We Do!” As she wrote in her Teacher of the Year portfolio, “We, as educators, face adversities daily. We put on our game faces and do the job that we are called to do. We put all of the adversities to the side, and we show up for our students.”
In accordance with national guidelines, North Carolina chooses a candidate who is "dedicated and highly skilled, a candidate proven capable of inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn." Because the North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be asked to travel, speak on behalf of education, and demonstrate master teaching skills, the candidate must be poised, articulate, and energetic in order to meet the demanding responsibilities.
The State Teacher of the Year and the other Regional Finalists form a collaborative network to provide services and support throughout the state on critical issues facing public education. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education take pride in celebrating the most innovative and effective public school educators in our state.
The NC Department of Public Instruction has partnered with Burroughs Wellcome Fund since 2013 to honor teachers in the state. The original Teacher of the Year program began in 1970.
"Ms. Floyd is a shining star in our school district," said Senior Executive Director of Human Resources Erika Newkirk. "She grew up here, attended our schools, began working with us as a teacher assistant, and now is our teacher of the year. We are honored to have her on our team."
To see more pictures from the celebration, click here.