The 2010 Celebrate Great Teaching Award winners are…
…a Spanish teacher who “pushes, cajoles, drags, nudges and whatever else she needs to do to encourage her students to excel;”
…a literacy teacher with “a never-say-die attitude;”
…a band and chorus teacher who shows his students he “values and respects” them; and
…a fourth grade teacher who “shows each student that, no matter what, they can learn anything they set their mind to.”
“These teachers represent all our teachers and the great things our teachers do every day to make a positive difference in our students’ lives,” superintendent Gene Moore said. “We congratulate them and all our nominees on being recognized for their commitment to teaching.”
The four winners were selected from more than two hundred and twenty teachers nominated this year by students, parents and fellow educators.
And the winners are…
– District Celebrate Great Teaching winner Kristal Salyer, a fourth grade teacher at Clinton Elementary who also is the Elementary School Celebrate Great Teaching Award winner.
– Middle School Celebrate Great Teaching winner Wendy Bartell, an instructional literacy coach at Buford Middle.
– High School Celebrate Great Teaching winner Sandra Ovalles, a Spanish teacher at Lancaster High.
– Beginning Celebrate Great Teaching winner Ben Hingle, a music and chorus teacher at A.R. Rucker Middle.
These nominees were visited and interviewed by a district selection committee of community volunteers, business partners, last year’s award recipients and district instructional staff.
The selection committee spent hundreds of hours visiting classrooms and interviewing finalists before choosing this year’s recipients to represent the great teaching they saw as they visited classrooms across the district.
Each winner receives a trophy designed by nationally recognized artist Bob Doster. Recipients also receive $500 each to use in their classrooms.
The District Great Teaching Award recipient receives an additional $500 for her classroom.