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HHS Educator Named ‘Tar Heel Teacher of the Week’

John Scarfpin, technology instructor at Havelock High School, has been selected by CCEC as this year’s Tar Heel Teacher of Week for his outstanding Bright Ideas project and his dedication to the classroom.

“Scarfpin goes the extra mile for his students,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Today, textbook materials are often outdated before they are published. But that doesn’t stop this educator. He is constantly looking for the most up-to-date information and creating his own content for his students.”

His Bright Ideas grant, “Digital Dilemma,” has made that even easier.

The grant provided Kindle Fire tablets for delivery of digital and teacher-created content to students through Amazon Whispercast. Whispercast allows teachers to distribute content to the tablets simultaneously enabling students to receive the most up-to-date material possible in a delivery platform they are accustomed to using.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives recognize the best classroom projects and the teachers who create them through the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program. These grants provide funding for creative projects in grades K through 12.

Scarfpin is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of the Week designation this year. He will be recognized during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina vs. Notre Dame football game on

Oct. 7. The project will also be featured on the homepage of the Bright Ideas website,, and on the Bright Ideas Facebook page. Plus, all 26 Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees are invited to attend the UNC vs. Virginia football game in Chapel Hill on Saturday, Oct. 14, where they will enjoy tailgating before the game and receive a commemorative plaque.

It’s not too late to submit a grant proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 18. This year, CCEC expects to award more than $23,000 to teachers in Carteret County and Havelock. For more information or to start an application, visit

Havelock High School technology instructor John Scarfpin demonstrates the robot his students built and programmed to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Scarfpin was selected by CCEC as the 2017 Tar Heel Teacher of the Week, an honor given for his outstanding Bright Ideas grant project.


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