Two local teachers have been named “Teacher of the Year” in their respective school systems, and with almost four decades of combined teaching experience, they’ve certainly put in the time to earn the honor.


Kelly Arnold (photo via OCS)

Kelly Arnold, an English teacher at Orange High School, has been named the 2019-2020 Orange County Schools Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching in the OCS system since 2014, and began her teaching career in Greensboro 17 years ago after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English education from UNC-Greensboro.



Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva (photo via CHCCS)


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has also announced its teacher of the year — Mary Patricia Peres-da-Silva, a math teacher from McDougle Middle. She has 20 years of teaching experience and bachelor of science and master of science degrees in physics from Bombay University — located in Goa, India — and a masters of education from North Carolina Central University.