This week’s Hometown Hero, presented by Hendrick Southpoint, is Brian Link from East Chapel Hill High School — who was recently named the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

The award is the highest honor given to a CHCCS educator by the school district.

Link is a social studies teacher at East Chapel Hill, as well as the district’s Social Justice Academy director. An educator of nine years, he holds a Master of Education degree from UNC, as well as degrees from Northwestern University and Stanford University.

Kenneth Proulx, the principal for East Chapel Hill, said Link is an “amazing teacher.”

“I’ve been at East Chapel Hill High School for three years and have had many opportunities to formally and informally go into his classroom,” Proulx said. “You can count on every visit, student being actively engaged in high energy. He brings real life and social justice into the social studies curriculum who love to take his class. He built great relationships with the students that he teaches and with the families that he served.”

As part of the prize for winning Teacher of the Year, Link received a $1,000 check courtesy of Pinnacle Financial Partners. He will now advance to compete at the regional level for Teacher of the Year, with the winner then moving to the group of nine educators up for the statewide award.

“What makes him extra special as a teacher here at [East Chapel Hill] is that he is a leader amongst teachers,” Proulx said. “He has been very supportive in helping all teachers to reach their maximum potential and is always willing to give his own time to help other teachers and other staff members to be the best that they can be.” does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.

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