Bobbie Cavnar

Bobbie Cavnar

North Carolina Teacher of the Year 2017

Bobbie Cavnar

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bobbie Cavnar attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1999. After graduating, he taught English and Journalism for four years in the Ft. Lauderdale area before moving to North Carolina with his wife, Jenny. Mr. Cavnar is currently an Advanced Placement Literature teacher and English Department Chair at South Point High School in Gaston County where he has taught for the past 14 years. In 2011, he earned a Master of Arts in English from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, wherein his focus was English Renaissance Literature.

Mr. Cavnar frequently conducts both local and state-level workshops for teachers and begins every school year by providing all beginning teachers in his district with a tour of his “Model Classroom.” Mr. Cavnar is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. He is a five-time recipient of South Point High School’s “Most Inspirational Educator Award” (which is voted on by the students of the school) and two-time recipient of his district’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advanced Placement Program.  He is a North Carolina State University Inspirational Teacher, Gaston County Schools, and Southwest Region Teacher of the Year, and the 2016 State Teacher of the Year for North Carolina. In 2018, the NEA Foundation named Mr. Cavnar the top public school teacher in the nation when they awarded him their highest honor, The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.

Mr. Cavnar spent the 2016-2017 school year traveling the state speaking to educators and community leaders, but is now back in his classroom at South Point High School full time. In addition to his teaching duties, he also serves as teacher advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education and the Governor's Education Advisory Council. Mr. Cavnar’s platform centers around the opportunity of a free, public, and equal education offered to all Americans being not only fundamental to the success of our society but also the keeping of a historical promise made in the founding documents of our nation.

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