STEM Early College at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has been acknowledged as one of North Carolina’s top high schools for the 2023-24 academic year by U.S. News & World Report, securing the second spot statewide, following the Early College at Guilford.

Gregg Pait, a dedicated project management teacher at STEM Early College, has received commendation from Guilford County Schools (GCS) as the High School Teacher of the Year for the 2023-24 academic term. Pait’s influence in contributing to the school’s success has been notably recognized.

His teaching responsibilities encompass project management courses at honors levels 1 and 2, providing students with a foundational understanding and a professional certification in project management. Pait has further enriched students’ experiences by facilitating access to various technical resources, including a robotics lab, a drone lab, makerspaces, and orchestrating field trips with university and community business leaders.

Transitioning from a 19-year tenure teaching social studies, Pait shifted to teaching STEM in 2022, drawn by the alignment of his passion with the evolving landscape of STEM fields and their significance in shaping students’ futures.

Pait’s nomination by STEM Early College as the Early College Teacher of the Year for 2022-23 initiated a process where GCS requested Pait to develop a portfolio, leading to his selection as one of the 10 candidates for High School Teacher of the Year. Following a competitive selection process, Pait emerged as the ultimate recipient of the prestigious Guilford County Schools High School Teacher of the Year accolade during the district’s awards ceremony.

Acknowledging the honor, Pait expressed pride in representing the diverse and exceptional programs at STEM Early College. Cheri Keels, the school’s principal, lauded Pait’s contributions, highlighting his commitment to ensuring an exceptional educational experience for students, emphasizing the collective success of the school as a team effort.

Pait, in turn, expressed gratitude for the recognition and acknowledged the outstanding contributions of his colleagues, attributing the recognition to their collective dedication and innovative teaching methodologies.

His recognition as the High School Teacher of the Year stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to fostering excellence within STEM Early College at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where educators like Pait are pivotal in nurturing a dynamic and rewarding learning environment.