Buford, Sugar Hill Area Teachers of the Year Announced

Selection as a Teacher of the Year is the first step in the district-wide search for the GCPS Teacher of the Year.

Several Buford and Sugar Hill area teachers have been selected as Teacher of the Year for their individual schools.

Teachers chosen for this honor will compete for the title of the 2013 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Teacher of the Year (TOTY).

“Being selected at the local level means that other individuals in the profession recognize the instructional expertise and communal value the local TOTY brings to their school,” said Nikki Mouton, Gwinnett’s executive director of staff development, in a released statement. “This is an opportunity to highlight the attention to excellence the entire school has as their TOTY represents the phenomenal instruction and professionalism taking place throughout their building.”

Later this month, the group of 131 local school honorees will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists. Six of those 25 teachers will be further evaluated and one of them will be named as the GCPS Teacher of the Year on Nov. 1, 2012. The evaluation committee will also select an elementary, middle and high school teacher of the year from the group.

Buford and Sugar Hill area Teachers of the Year include:

  • Harmony Elementary, Jill McKee, Special Education Teacher - Moderate
  •  Intellectual Disabilities (Grades 2-5)
  • Ivy Creek Elementary, Dr. Patricia Baxter, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Jones Middle, Ashley Saye, Special Education Teacher - Moderate
  •  Intellectual Disabilities - Science (Grades 6-8)
  • Lanier High, Naomi Kirchner, Language Arts Teacher (Grade 10)
  • Lanier Middle, Kinsey Edwards, Orchestra Teacher (Grades 6-8)
  • Patrick Elementary, Donita McClelland, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Sugar Hill Elementary, Dr. Crystal Langley, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Sycamore Elementary, Emily Acevedo, 1st Grade Teacher
  • White Oak Elementary, Matt Smith, 4th Grade Teacher

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