Ryan Henderson named 2023 Charter School Teacher of the Year

By January 12, 2023 News

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction this week announced nine finalists for the statewide 2023 Teacher of the Year. Included in that list is Ryan Henderson of Sugar Creek Charter School, a Coalition member school in Charlotte. Ryan is the “2023 Charter School Teacher of the Year,” earning the top designation among the state’s 200-plus charter schools. (North Carolina’s charter schools count as the state’s ninth region for the overall award.) Ryan now goes on to compete for North Carolina’s 2023 Teacher of the Year award. That winner will be announced on April 14, 2023. See DPI’s press release here.

From stand-in substitute to master teacher

Ryan came to Sugar Creek as a substitute teacher six years ago. Previously, he worked as a teacher in New Jersey. Now, he teaches TV broadcasting and journalism at Sugar Creek. In addition, he runs Sugar Creek’s morning announcement program, Wildcat Daily News.

Last week, the Charlotte Observer highlighted Ryan’s achievement. You can learn more about Ryan in that article here.

Ryan Henderson receives his 2023 Charter School Teacher of the Year Award at Sugar Creek Charter School on January 6, 2023. Photo credit: Charlotte Observer (“Charlotte teacher started as a substitute. He got a big surprise in school’s cafeteria,” Anna Maria Della Costa, January 7, 2023).

Congratulations, Ryan!