Charlotte-Area High School Teacher Wins One of America’s Top Education Awards


A Charlotte-area high school teacher has just won one of the top awards in public education, plus a check for $25,000.

According to the National Education Association, “The winner of the NEA Member Benefits Award was 12th grade language arts educator Bobbie Cavnar of Belmont, North Carolina (second from right). Pictured with Bobbie are (from left to right) Gary Phoebus, President and CEO of the NEA Member Benefits; Mark Jewell, President, North Carolina Association of Educators; and Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation.”


The 2018 Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, held on February 9th in Washington, D.C., was a celebration of the power of innovation, artistry, and teacher leadership.

Over 900 guests cheered on the 38 educators who received the 2018 California Casualty Awards in a stunning ballroom filled with live jazz music and celebrities.


In addition to Bobbie Cavnar’s top award, five other finalists also received the 2018 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence and $10,000.

“Bobbie has been selected for this award by his peers, not only because he is an outstanding educator, but because he is a passionate advocate for his students, his fellow teachers, and for the value of public education,” commented Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “He represents the millions of teachers across the country who inspire a love of learning in their students.”

Cavnar started teaching in Belmont back in the early 1990s. He now presides as the chair of the English department, the North Carolina Association of Educators Association representative and a trainer with the Gaston County Teacher Induction Program for Success.

Way to go Bobbie!