Alumni News

Shirley Pyon (A.B.Ed. '00) named Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools District Teacher of the Year

Christina Royster (A.B.Ed. '97, M.Ed. '03) named Honor Teacher

Shirley Pyon, who received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, was recently named the 2007-08 District Teacher of the Year for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. She teaches third grade at Scroggs Elementary.

Pyon began her teaching career at Scroggs in 2000 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Carolina. She was a recipient of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship from 1996-2000. She is currently enrolled in the School’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers as a member of the K-8 mathematics cohort.

Christina Royster, a 2003 graduate of the School’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers, was named an Honor Teacher for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district. Last year, she was selected as a 2006 Local Walmart Teacher of the Year. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Rashkis Elementary.

Both Pyon and Royster were honored at the district’s 25th Annual Recognition Banquet, held May 31 at the Carolina Club. Pyon received a check for $1,000 and various gift certificates from local area businesses.  Royster was presented with a check for $500, as well as several gift certificates.

The Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers was initiated by the School of Education in 2001 to meet the needs of practicing teachers who want to expand their understanding of teaching and learning. In this part-time program, teachers complete 31 hours of graduate coursework over three summers and two academic years. Cohorts are developed based on teacher interest in a particular specialty area.