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Rodney D. Pierce, a middle school social studies teacher in the Nash County Public Schools system has been appointed to a two-year term on Governor Roy Cooper’s Teacher Advisory Committee.

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The GTAC was established by executive order in August of 2017. 

Comprising 25 teachers and instructional support personnel appointed by the governor, the panel advises on a range of education issues, particularly those of importance to teachers. Members serve as education ambassadors, represent the governor at events, maintain communication with local boards of education, teachers across the state, and other stakeholders, and share opportunities to support teachers.

Pierce was named the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2019. 

He was the inaugural Teacher Fellow for the North Carolina Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education and is a Fellow of Carolina Public Humanities and the Public School Forum of the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. 

He was named a 2020 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children and is currently serving three-year terms on the NCCSS Board of Directors and the Carolina Public Humanities Advisory Board. 

Pierce worked as an education consultant with the North Carolina Museum of History in 2020 and recently helped present on the Halifax County Underground Railroad as part of the institution’s 20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration.