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Garner Named NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year Finalist

Garner Named NCCAT CTE Teacher of the Year Finalist


Kurt Garner, a business teacher at J.H. Rose High School, has been selected as one of 24 finalists for the 2023 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award. The candidates were chosen for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve.

Garner will represent Pitt County Schools during a week of professional development on the NCCAT Cullowhee campus that will culminate with winner and runner-up award presentations October 19.

The 2023-24 school year will mark his sixth on the Rose staff and 17th in the PCS system. Garner's appointment at JHR in August of 2018, which includes instruction in computer engineering, programming and Microsoft Office, followed 11 years at D.H. Conley High School where he taught in a similar capacity beginning in 2007.

In addition to his selection as PCS Teacher of the Year in 2011, Garner was honored as the North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Adviser of the Year in 2016 and currently serves on the organization's state executive board. He is also an adviser for the National Technical Honor Society and has held membership in the National Business Education Association since 2005.

Garner earned bachelor's (business & marketing education) and master's (business education) degrees from East Carolina University in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and was chosen as a N.C. Teaching Fellow.

"Each day in schools, Career and Technical Education teachers inspire and guide students to important future careers and roles in society," NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble said. "Honoring these excellent CTE educators across our state through this program is important, as we are continually striving to elevate the teaching profession and emphasize the significance of the work educators do every day."

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