Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bobbie Cavnar attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1999. After graduating, he taught English and Journalism for four years in the Ft. Lauderdale area before moving to North Carolina with his wife, Jenny. Mr. Cavnar is currently an Advanced Placement Literature teacher and English Department Chair at South Point High School in Gaston County where he has taught for the past 13 years. In 2011, he earned a Master of Arts in English from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, wherein his focus was English Renaissance Literature.
Mr. Cavnar frequently conducts both local and state-level workshops for teachers and begins every school year by providing all beginning teachers in his district with a tour of his “Model Classroom.” Mr. Cavnar is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. He is a five-time recipient of South Point High School’s “Most Inspirational Educator Award” (which is voted on by the students of the school) and two-time recipient of his district’s award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advanced Placement Program. He is a North Carolina State University Inspirational Teacher of the Year, Gaston County Schools Teacher of the Year, and the 2016 Southwest Region Teacher of the Year. On April 7th, at a ceremony in Raleigh, Mr. Cavnar was named the Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.
Mr. Cavnar will spend the 2016-2017 school year traveling the state speaking to educators and community leaders. He will represent teachers as advisor to the North Carolina State Board of Education and the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. He will also go on to represent North Carolina in the National Teacher of the Year competition, the winner of which will be announced in a ceremony at the White House in May 2017. Mr. Cavnar’s platform centers around the opportunity of a free, public, and equal education offered to all Americans being not only fundamental to the success of our society but also the keeping of a historical promise made in the founding documents of our nation.