Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Greensboro Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers 

Greensboro, NC (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year. 

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Greensboro. 

Christine Lawe is a 21-year educator and currently focuses on reading for Kindergarten through the 6th grade at New Garden Friends School. 

The nomination for Lawe was glowing saying, “Christine has been integral in the launch of New Garden Friends School's new Polaris Learning Labs. This program allows us to better meet the needs of dyslexic students and students with learning disabilities and other reading challenges. Christine works with students one-on-one and in small groups to provide reading instruction and intervention. She provides training to classroom teachers to better enable all teachers at our school to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities.” 

Lawe was given the award on Tuesday, January 25th, in an event at New Garden Friends School. 

"The reason I find teaching so rewarding is because I understand the trust that a student has to put into me. To be vulnerable enough to be open to learning and I take that trust very seriously and I am able to open the world of reading to a student that has struggled. It's a rewarding experience for me, to be that person in a student’s life.” 

Additionally, the nomination for Lawe said, “Christine is a peaceful and kind member of our school community. She is a strong advocate for students with learning disabilities. She has helped us make changes to improve the educational experience of these students. Christine includes students' individual interests to make learning engaging and meaningful.” 

Lawe (right) pictured with PEFNC’s Allison Guenther (Director of External Affairs)