Meghan LeFevers knew a few weeks ago that N.C. Superintendent Mark Johnson would be visiting Bessemer City High School, where she's an assistant principal. She thought today's visit to Gaston County was just part of the education leader's statewide listening tour to learn from local educators. What LeFevers didn't know when the entire school assembled this morning to welcome Johnson was that that the spotlight would shine on her instead.
Shine it did.
LeFevers left the assembly with a check for $25,000 to spend as she pleases - the prize that comes with being North Carolina's 2017 Milken Educator Award recipient. LeFevers is one of 44 educators nationwide to win the honor from the Milken Family Foundation, which annually recognizes exceptional early-to-mid career education professionals.