Garinger High world history teacher James E. Ford will once again be honored for his skills in the classroom. The Charlotte Post Foundation announced Wednesday that Ford will receive its “Teacher of the Year” award this year.
Ford has become known for helping close achievement gaps and instilling self-confidence and ambition for higher education among his students at the diverse eastside high school.
“Not only is he an exceptional educator, he is a very accomplished black male in education,” Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Charlotte Post, said in a statement. “He is an excellent role model for struggling black males in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system. He represents a father figure for many who are being raised without a male in the household.”
The award lengthens Ford’s extensive list of accolades.
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He was named the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teacher of the year in 2013. He then went on to be the first from CMS to win the North Carolina Teacher of the Year honor since the first award was given in 1970.
Ford began his teaching career at age 29 after working as a truant officer in his hometown of Rockford, Ill., and later as the executive director of a teen center. He spent one year teaching in Rockford before coming to Charlotte.
Ford will be honored at The Charlotte Post Foundation’s awards banquet Oct. 4. Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter will also be honored with the foundation’s Luminary Award.