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Mr. Rodney Pierce is NCCSS Teacher of the Year Finalist

Rodney D. Pierce, an 8th grade Social Studies and Civics & Economics teacher at William R. Davie Middle STEM Academy, is a finalist for the 2019 North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award.

Pierce was part of a five-member panel representing UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Education and Carolina K-12 who presented Teaching the American SouthConfronting A Legacy of White Supremacy at the NCCSS State Conference in February. He was selected to present along with two other attendees of the Understanding the American South Teachers Summit held at UNC in August 2017 due to the lessons plans he created following the fellowship. He is also a Fellow of the Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows Program in Civil Rights (June 2018). In July, he was invited to address incoming students at the opening ceremony of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics Summer Leadership & Research Program.

Pierce was recently recognized by the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the SCLC with the “MLK Dream Keeper” Award for his research of Black history in Halifax County. His research on the lynching of Joe Williams in Scotland Neck in July 1898 will be included in the appendix of the upcoming book Lethal State by UNC American Studies professor Dr. Seth Kotch and on Kotch’s website A Red Record which details lynchings in North and South Carolina.

Pierce is currently a Fellow in the Public School Forum of NC’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. He is Davie’s SGA adviser, Social Studies Content Area Lead and a member of the district’s Public Relations Committee.