Two teachers in the Cape Fear region are among nine finalists for the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year.
Each of the nine is a regional winner.
Courtney Samuelson, of the Capitol Encore Academy in Fayetteville, is the Charter Schools Regional Teacher of the Year. Lindsey Sise, of West Hoke Middle School, is the Sandhills Regional Teacher of the Year.
The winner will be announced April 20 at an awards ceremony in Cary. The program has been ongoing since 1970.
Other regional winners and state finalists are:
• Northeast: Kaley Kiffner, Perquimans County Middle School.
• cSoutheast: Cameron Gupton, Greene Early College High.
• North Central: Kedecia Stewart, Pinkston Street Elementary School.
• Piedmont-Triad: Bryan McKinney, Burlington Williams High.
• Southwest: Samone Graham, Mooresville High.
• Northwest: Lisa Wall, Burke Middle College.
• Western: Julie Pittman, Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High.