Charlotte Observer: Once an Outsider and Arts Geek, Belmont’s Star Teacher Wins National Fame and $35,000

Bobby Cavnar
Thursday, February 15, 2018

UNC Charlotte alumnus Bobby Cavnar and 2016 North Carolina Teacher of the Year takes home a top national award.

by: Ann Doss Helms

Bobbie Cavnar walked out of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., last Friday with checks for $35,000 tucked into his pocket.

He was slightly stunned.

At 40, he has spent most of his adult life teaching literature at a quiet high school on the outskirts of Charlotte. In a world that expects educators to impart high-tech job skills, Cavnar writes his classroom instructions in calligraphy and tries to spark a love of Shakespeare in Gaston County teenagers.


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