Rowan-Salisbury Schools teacher named to Curriculum Associates’ 2023 Class of Extraordinary Educators

Felecia Young of Knox Middle School in Salisbury receives national recognition for her best-in-class teaching and use of educational programs
Felecia Young of Knox Middle School in Salisbury has earned national recognition as an...
Felecia Young of Knox Middle School in Salisbury has earned national recognition as an Extraordinary Educator.(Submitted photo)
Published: Jan. 29, 2023 at 4:23 PM EST
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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Curriculum Associates has named Felecia Young of Knox Middle School in Salisbury to its 2023 class of Extraordinary Educators, an annual program that celebrates and connects exemplar teachers in Grades K–8 from around the country.

According to a news release, Young was chosen from hundreds of nominations, and is among 30 educators from 22 states selected for exhibiting best-in-class use of i-Ready®i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, and/or Ready®, illustrating growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrating innovation and engagement practices for students, being evangelists for high expectations and student achievement, championing equity, and having taught for at least two years.

“Teachers are true rockstars,” said Emily McCann, vice president of educator community at Curriculum Associates. “This year’s Extraordinary Educators are no exception—they were chosen from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best. We are happy to recognize and celebrate Felecia for her amazing work in the classroom and look forward to providing her with ongoing professional learning and networking opportunities to help her continue to grow her craft.”

With nearly 340 years of combined teaching experience, this year’s class of Extraordinary Educators includes classroom teachers, special education teachers, and instructional specialists. All of the educators were ultimately selected by an advisory board featuring leaders from Curriculum Associates, previously inducted Extraordinary Educators, and a college student pursuing a degree in urban education.

The Extraordinary Educators will have continued access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year, as well as access to professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates. They will also be invited to participate and present at the Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit and other professional learning events.

“It’s a great opportunity to be selected as an Extraordinary Educator,” said Young. “This opportunity highlights the amazing things my district, school, and students are doing in education. I am excited to collaborate with other educators to learn new strategies to use in my school to help students grow.”

This is the fourth year of the Extraordinary Educators program. This year’s class joins 110 additional educators from across the country in receiving this recognition.

Today, Curriculum Associates’ programs are used in the majority of North Carolina’s school districts.

To learn more about Curriculum Associates and the 2023 Extraordinary Educators, visit