Region 8 Teacher of the Year

Pittman Named NC Region 8 Teacher of the Year
Posted on 11/29/2017
Region 8 Teacher of the Year Julie Pittman

FOREST CITY, NC – On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) announced its selection of Julie Pittman as the 2018 NC Region 8 Teacher of the Year. Pittman, an English teacher at R-S Central High School and Rutherford County Schools’ (RCSNC) 2017 Teacher of the Year, will now advance to participate in the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year selection process.


Each year, NCDPI selects nine Teachers of the Year to represent the state’s eight public school regions and its charter schools. Those nine teachers take part in the state selection process and are honored at an awards ceremony in the spring, where the NC Teacher of the Year is announced.


Pittman’s recognition as the Region 8 Teacher of the Year comes as no surprise to colleagues, current and former students, and parents, who recognize her dedication to students and hold her in high regard. About Pittman, Principal Phil Rogers noted, “Her vision of excellence is infectious and inspires students and colleagues alike.” A former student and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Sloan Whiteside added, “She was able to inspire us to love reading, but gave us the autonomy to choose how we went about discovering that love.” Finally, a parent of three R-S Central graduates commented, “With Mrs. Pittman’s encouragement and guidance, they went beyond their own self-imposed limitations. Few teachers are able to do such things, but with Mrs. Pittman, this is a regular occurrence with a diverse array of students.”


A native of Johnston County, NC, Pittman earned both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree at UNC Chapel Hill. She held teaching positions at UNC Chapel Hill, Rutgers University, New York University, and Central Piedmont Community College before moving to Rutherford County. In 2003, Pittman joined RCSNC as a high school English teacher.


As a valued member of the RCSNC team, Pittman’s contributions to the school system and local community are numerous. She serves on the school improvement team, supports new colleagues as a mentor teacher, and coordinates senior project and AP Academy activities at her school. At the district level, she serves on the RCS Education Foundation board of directors, on the policy development committee, and on the Teacher Advisory Council. Within the community, Pittman is an active member of the Rutherford Women’s League, where she has served as vice president and president. Pittman has also served on the KidSenses Interactive Museum fundraising committee, where she has acted as the gala chairperson, and served her community in a variety of informal roles, such as volunteering with the Salvation Army and other ministries. Pittman’s selfless dedication to helping others is the cornerstone of her talent and success as a teacher.


Asked to name her greatest accomplishment in education, Pittman reflected, “My greatest accomplishment in education changes daily, because nothing is more important than being present in the moment of each day for the students present in my classroom.” She added, “I think this is at the very heart of the classroom: become a mirror of greatness to those around you, because in the end, our world and the people with whom we have worked will be better for it.” Pittman’s charge is direct: Teaching is a calling, but educating children is a responsibility we collectively share. RCSNC is proud of Julie Pittman, the North Carolina Region 8 Teacher of the Year and an excellent ambassador for Rutherford County classrooms.



In addition to the photos below, video coverage of the event is available at

2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, with Julie Pittman, 2018 NC Region 8 Teacher of the Year

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Newly named 2018 NC Region 8 Teacher of the Year, Julie Pittman, joined by husband, Blue Pittman, waves to the R-S Central High School auditorium of students, colleagues and community leaders

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After unknowingly being led to the announcement of her recognition as 2018 NC Region 8 Teacher of the Year, a surprised Julie Pittman looks over the auditorium at R-S Central High School, filled with family, students, colleagues and community leaders


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