Taylor finalist in national teacher competition

Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing to The Wilson Times.


Nash Central High School teacher Renny Taylor received another honor this week. He was notified that he is as a finalist for a national award.

Taylor, who lives in Wilson, is the 2017 North Carolina History Teacher of the Year. He has now been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 National History Teacher of the Year Award. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

The History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.

“My goal is to spark an interest and a passion for history in each of my students so they will continue to visit historical sites, read historical documents and most of all, put themselves in the place of history makers to understand the reasoning for their actions,” Taylor said.

NRMPS honored Taylor during the August 2017 Board of Education meeting for being named as the 2017 North Carolina History Teacher of the Year. Taylor will find out in October 2017 if he will be named as the National History Teacher of the Year.

Should he win, he would receive a $10,000 prize presented by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 8.