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Leah Carper


Queens University of Charlotte, Master of Arts, Education Leadership

University of North Carolina Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts, English Education

Davidson County Community College, Associate of Arts


Helping students be successful in school and life


Singing karaoke

Roller Skating



Leah Carper, the 2022 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, is a dynamic and innovative English II teacher at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina who utilizes her curriculum to not only teach the skills and standards of the course, but also to teach her students how to be empathetic, contributing members of a global community.

She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Davidson County Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary English Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte.

She has served and continues to serve on various state commissions and as state teacher of the year, Carper serves as an advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education. Carper has earned many awards in her career including the Guilford County Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year Award in 2007, the 2018 and 2020 Guilford County Schools PTA Outstanding High School Educator Award, the 2021 Guilford County Schools Teacher of the Year, and also holds the record as the only 3-time Northern Guilford High School Dancing with the Faculty Winner.

She has been married since 2005 and is the proud mother of three children who are all students in NC public schools. She enjoys volunteering, singing karaoke, and roller skating. She utilizes social media to share teaching ideas and strategies that work in the modern classroom. Many of her posts have been featured in national and international educational publications.

Leah Carper

2022 North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, High School English Teacher

Northern Guilford High School