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WCU Elementary Ed Grad Selected as NC Western Region Teacher of the Year

Heather Smith


In a celebration of dedication and passion for education, Heather (Chastain) Smith, a distinguished alumna from Western Carolina University, class of 2015, has been honored with the title of NC Western Region Teacher of the Year. This achievement follows Heather's prior recognition as the Haywood County Teacher of the Year, underscoring her unwavering commitment to excellence in teaching. As one of nine finalists from across the state for the NC Teacher of the Year award, Heather's achievement is a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication to the field of education.

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