Rodney D. Pierce, a middle school social studies teacher in Nash County Public Schools, has been appointed to a two-year term on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Teacher Advisory Committee.

The Teacher Advisory Committee was established by executive order in August 2017. Comprised of 25 teachers and instructional support personnel appointed by the governor, they advise on a range of education issues, particularly those of importance to teachers.

Members serve as education ambassadors, represent the governor at events, maintain communication with local boards of education, teachers across the state and other stakeholders and share opportunities to support teachers.

Pierce was named the N.C. Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2019. He was the inaugural Teacher Fellow for the N.C. Equity Fellowship through the Center for Racial Equity in Education and is a Fellow of Carolina Public Humanities and the Public School Forum of the state’s Education Policy Fellowship Program.

He was named a 2020 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children and is currently serving three-year terms on the NCCSS Board of Directors and the Carolina Public Humanities Advisory Board.

Pierce worked as an education consultant with the N.C. Museum of History in 2020 and recently helped present on the Halifax County Underground Railroad as part of the institution’s 20th Annual African American Cultural Celebration.