BELMONT, N.C. -- When you walk in the door to Bobbie Cavnar's classroom at South Point High School, you'll learn he's not your average teacher.

For years, Cavnar has been recognized for his passion in the classroom on several levels, including a new national title.

"This path started in 2014 when I was named our school's teacher of the year. That's voted on by the faculty. So I won Gaston County Teacher of the Year in 2015, then I competed for regional teacher of the year, and then I competed again for state teacher of the year," he says.

In 2017, he was nominated for the National Education Association’s Teacher of the Year Award, an honor he said he thought he would have zero chance of winning.

However, he did indeed take home the title.

"I am certainly not the best teacher in the country. I don't even think I'm the best teacher here at South Point. The fact of the matter is, I get to be the face that gets raised up to draw attention to the great teachers we have," he said.

With his new award, Cavnar had to make a little more room in the trophy case, but it's still business as usual in the classroom as he works to inspire his students.

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