Alumni News

Three alumni named Teachers of the Year

Several alumni were recently recognized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district as the best in teaching at their respective schools.  William (Bill) Melega (M.Ed. '05), Christina Royster (A.B.Ed. '97, M.Ed. '03) and Jennifer Sparrow (A.B.Ed. '81) have all been named 2007-08 Teachers of the Year.

Bill Melega was named Teacher of the Year at Chapel Hill High, where he teaches AP World History and honors Great American Conflicts.  He completed the School’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers in 2005 as part of the 9-12 social studies cohort. 

Christina Royster, a fourth-grade teacher at Rashkis Elementary, was named that school’s Teacher of the Year.  She has been teaching at Rashkis for three years.  Previously, she taught for seven years at Forest View Elementary in Durham, N.C.  She received her undergraduate degree from the School in 1997, and completed the School’s Master of Education Program for Experienced Teachers in 2003 as part of the literacy cohort. 

Jennifer Sparrow, a French and study skills teacher, was named Teacher of the Year at McDougle Middle School, where she has taught for 11 years.  After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Carolina, Sparrow spent 13 years in France – one as a student at the Universite de Pau et des Pays d’Adour and 12 teaching English and French as a foreign language. 

Teachers of the Year from all the schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district were honored at a reception held May 10 at the Carolina Inn.