State and Regional Teachers of the Year Financial Incentives
|Policy Title||State and Regional Teachers of the Year Financial Incentives|
|Policy Category||Teacher of the Year (TOYR)|
|Previous Policy Dates||06/06/1990, 05/05/1994, 07/11/1996, 01/10/2008|
The state teacher of the year will receive a one-time stipend of $7,500 as incentive recognition of service. The state teacher of the year, while serving in this capacity, will also be on sabbatical from the classroom for one year while serving as the North Carolina Ambassador for Education. The state teacher of the year will be paid for twelve (12) months of employment at a rate of three (3) steps or six (6) percent (if the teacher has twenty-seven (27) years or more of experience) above his/her salary.
Effective with the fiscal year 2008-09, upon returning to the classroom after his/her year as North Carolina teacher of the year, the teacher will retain the three (3) step or six (6) percent (if the teacher has twenty-seven (27) years or more of experience) salary increase above the base pay. This incentive will remain in place as long as the teacher remains in the classroom in an instructional role. The teacher will also have the option of eleven or twelve months of employment. The additional one or two months may include work on local, regional and state initiatives; working with beginning teachers; serving on local, regional and state committees; developing and delivering professional development; or other functions as assigned by the employing LEA. The teacher will be responsible for signing a waiver form if he/she opts out of the twelve (12) months of employment.
Each Regional teacher of the year will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 as an incentive recognition of service and be given the opportunity to participate in one national professional conference of no more than five (5) days. The regional teacher of the year will be provided substitute, travel and subsistence support by the state for serving as the spokesperson in that region and other regions of the state providing recruitment, professional development, and other services to enhance the profession of teaching.