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Mathematics teacher Marcus Herman-Giddens (M.A.T. ’88) named Teacher of the Year for Chatham County Schools

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Marcus Herman-Giddens (right) receives congratulations from Chatham County Schools Superintendent Robert Logan.

Marcus Herman-Giddens was recently named Teacher of the Year for Chatham County Schools. He teaches mathematics at Northwood High School where he has been a teacher for the past four years.

“Teaching is a career for independent, creative and compassionate people,” wrote Herman-Giddens in one of his Teacher of the Year portfolio essays. “Being a good role model is just the beginning; teachers must believe in the future of their students and that their success in school will provide a solid foundation for everything they do in their lives.”

Herman-Giddens has 13 years of teaching experience. He earned National Board Certification in 2009.

He was chosen by his peers as Northwood High School’s Teacher of the Year, making him one of 16 school-level Teachers of the Year in Chatham County. Based on a teaching portfolio and an interview by a district selection committee, he was selected as the district Teacher of the Year.

He will now advance to represent Chatham County in the competition for regional Teacher of the Year in the North Central region, one of the eight educational regions of North Carolina. A statewide Teacher of the Year will be chosen from among the eight regional winners.  

The Teacher of the Year program is administered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction along with its corporate sponsor, AT&T.