Laura Bilbro-Berry, a teacher of at-risk-second graders in Beaufort County, is the 2000-2001 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She teaches at Tayloe Elementary School and received a Master's Degree from East Carolina University. She will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition. The state award includes a $7,500 stipend and use of a laptop computer and printer. This is the first year the winner receives an automobile given by the award co-sponsor, the North Carolina Automobile Dealers' Association.