Awards

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Announces Grants, Awards, and Scholarships for Current and Pre-Service Social Studies Teachers

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Awards Program seeks to recognize and honor achievements in Social Studies Education. Several awards are given at our Annual State Conference in February or March.

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 Teacher of the Year: Rodney Pierce!

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies recognizes exemplary teaching in the field of social studies. Teachers may be nominated by an individual; preferably a principal, supervisor, or fellow teacher, or a group. Self-nominations are also accepted. The 2020 Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award is presented at the NCCSS Annual State Conference, February 6-February 7, 2020. The winner of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award will be presented an award check for $1,000 at the Conference Luncheon. The winner is encouraged to share his/her expertise and experiences by presenting on a session topic of his/her choice at the 2021 Annual Conference; if the winner chooses to do so, the NCCSS will also waive the Conference registration fee in 2021. In addition, the recipient will have an honorary appointment on the NCCSS Executive Board for one year of service. We lookforward to having the input of our Teacher of the Year!

If you have any questions about the NCCSS Teacher of the Year Award, please contact: Jeff Schneider at [email protected].

Teacher of the Year Program Information.

Nominate a teacher for NCCSS Teacher of the Year here.


Student Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 Student Teacher of the Year: Ashley Finkelstein!

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies recognizes exemplary teaching in the field of social studies. Our student teachers are the future of our discipline and the NCCSS celebrates their entry into a rewarding profession. Student teachers may be nominated by an individual; preferably a principal or professor. The Social Studies Student Teacher of the Year Award is presented at the NCCSS annual state conference held each year. The winner of the 2019 Social Studies Student Teacher of the Year Award will be presented an award check for $1000 at the conference luncheon. Review all eligibility requirements in the link below.

If you have any questions about the NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year Award, please contact: Jeff Schneider at [email protected]. Application Deadline extended: January 1, 2020.

Student Teacher of the Year Program Information

Nominate a STOY here


2020 Teacher Grant Program

Classroom teachers are essential to the presentation of social studies content and skills to our state’s students. The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS) provides grants of up to $1,000 to help teachers make an even greater impact in their classroom, school district, and community through innovative social studies programs.

Who Can Apply: Grants are available for currently employed, licensed classroom teachers in North Carolina in grades K–12. Applicants must teach social studies (i.e., individually as a course, on an interdisciplinary team, as an elective in a social studies department, etc.) Applicants must be a current member of the NCCSS. For information about becoming a member, go to: Membership. Please access the form below to start the application process. Applications are due January 1, 2020.

Teacher Grant Program Information

Apply for a Teacher Grant here


2019 NCCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Rodney D. Pierce is currently in his first year teaching 8th grade Social Studies and Civics & Economics at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy in Halifax County Schools after having previously taught 6th grade Social Studies from 2015-2018. He earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Paralegal Technology from Halifax Community College before graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from N.C. Wesleyan College. Pierce serves as Davie’s Student Government Association adviser, Social Studies Department Chair, and also sits on the district’s Public Relations Committee. He works as an Enhancement Sessions Consultant with Halifax County Upward Bound (St. Augustine’s University’s Office of TRIO Programs) and serves as an instructor at the Center for Energy Education’s Renewable Energy Camp. Pierce’s aim is to utilize history as a vehicle to not only educate, but empower and inspire his students to advocate for politico-socio-economic justice for the historically disenfranchised.

 

2019 NCCSS Student Teacher of the Year Scholarship Recipient

Ashley Finkelstein: I am a 24-year-old UNCG student from Winston- Salem, NC. I remember "playing teacher" as a child and pretending to grade papers for fun, so to say that becoming a teacher has been a long time dream is very surreal. I have an almost 6-year-old little boy named Aiden who started Kindergarten this past year. He inspires me to be the best version of myself. Most of my time is spent with my son, my wonderful boyfriend, or my supportive parents and family. I pride myself in being hardworking, determined, and openly honest about my life experiences. After all I have done and/or overcome, I am overjoyed to be achieving everything I could have ever imagined for myself as that little girl. My goal as a teacher is to be able to engage students in history and prepare them for their future. Students will learn how to engage in critical and historical thinking in order to make connections from the past to the present.

 

 

 

 

2019 NCCSS rho kappa national social studies honor society scholarship

Marta Yosief, first NCCSS Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society Scholarship winner!