McKinney, Freebird

Freebird McKinney

This is Freebird McKinney- A Village Teacher. First of all, in getting to know him, you need to know that he is fulfilling his ENTELECHY, on a daily basis. He was literally and figuratively, BORN TO BE A TEACHER! It is his calling, his destiny, and his purpose.  As the current North Carolina State Teacher of the Year, he has had the blessing and honor of educating and inspiring countless young men and women inside and outside of the classroom, both in public high schools (for 14 years), currently at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, NC and at Elon University as a School of Education adjunct professor. Global Education and Service Learning are also a great passions of his working with an organization, Dustin's GreenHouse, which is a non-profit group of educators dedicated to immersing students in the experiences of international travel and service. He has travelled to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, Belize, and the Yucatan, Mexico. As a “Village Teacher”, he attempts to engage his students in the “Hero’s Journey”, as they strive to understand their purpose and its meaning. He uses history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology to help his students uncover their own individual story and then they connect it to the story of “What Does It Mean to Be Human.” Serving as NC TOY, Freebird is a board member for the NC State Board of Education, EducatiDSC_3560 Freebird and Kids.DSC_3560 Freebird and Kids.jpgjpgon NC, the NC Public School Forum, NCCAT, and the Governor's Teacher Advisory Council, and looks forward to hearing about your STORY.


Personal Information


High School Teacher and Adjunct Professor


Walter M. Williams High School and School of Education, Elon University

Primary Role: 

Teacher/Practitioner/Direct Service Provider

Primary Affiliation: 

Institute of Higher Education