The 2015-16 Celebrate Great Teaching Award recipients are…
…a media specialist who works tirelessly to “instill a love of reading to all her children;”
…a chorus teacher who “works hard before, during and after school with students;”
…a first-grade teacher who tells her class, “I don’t expect you to be perfect, but I do expect you to do your best.”
…a fifth-grade teacher who “just doesn’t become a part of his students’s lives, but their families’ as well.”
“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 Lisa Hallman, the media specialist at Buford Middle who also is the Middle School Celebrate Great Teaching Award winner.
– Elementary School Celebrate Great Teaching winner Brandy Engel, a first-grade teacher at North Elementary
– High School Celebrate Great Teaching winner Lizzi Elliott, the chorus teacher at Andrew Jackson High.
– Beginning Celebrate Great Teaching winner Brandan Craig, a fifth-grade teacher at Hearth Springs Elementary.
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.