Dr. Gary Childers, chairman of the Watauga County school board, has been awarded the Association’s 2023 Champion of Education Award. This award recognizes those individuals, businesses, community members, employees, or school board members who have demonstrated ongoing dedication to the success of our K-12 students and the betterment of public schools in North Carolina.
Dr. Childers has dedicated an impressive 50 years of service to students, families, and colleagues in Watauga County and throughout North Carolina. From starting as a middle school teacher to becoming the chair of the board of education, his journey reflects a remarkable commitment to education. His extensive leadership roles, numerous awards, and active involvement in community services showcase not only his professional excellence but also his unwavering dedication to the well-being of children and families. With his unquestioned integrity and thoughtful leadership, Dr. Childers stands as a beacon in strengthening public education and creating opportunities for a better life for all.
NCSBA presented the award to Dr. Childers during the November 14 awards ceremony of the Annual Conference for Board Member Development held in Greensboro.