Teachers of the Year chosen for 2009

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 3:51pm
By: The Citizen

Teachers of the Year for each of Coweta County’s 30 public schools have been chosen by their fellow classroom teachers. They will be honored as the county’s top teachers at the April 21 Coweta County Teacher of the Year Program, presented annually by Board of Education and the Newnan Pilot Club.

The 2009 Teachers of the Year from each school are:

From elementary schools: Staci Culbreth, Music (Arbor Springs); Teresa Clements, 3rd Grade (Arnco-Sargent); Amy Sasser, 1st Grade (Atkinson); Lisa Wilson, 1st Grade (Canongate); Stephanie Golden, 3rd Grade (Eastside); Susan Collins, 2nd Grade (Elm Street); Renee Ward, Kindergarten (Glanton); Lisa Diebboll, 3rd Grade (Jefferson Parkway); Anne Nelson, Kindergarten (Moreland); Brandi Devine, 4th Grade (Newnan Crossing); Michelle Owens, 3rd Grade (Northside); Faith Wheeler, 1st Grade (Poplar Road); Angela Brown, 5th Grade (Ruth Hill); Karen Stacy, 5th Grade (Thomas Crossroads); Diane McHughes, 1st Grade (Welch); Rachel Stedham, 5th Grade (Western); Janet Angelo, 2nd Grade (White Oak); Lisa Anander, 1st Grade (Willis Road).

From middle schools: Sheila Barnes, 7th and 8th Grade Gifted Science (Arnall); Tammy Hyder, 7th Grade Science (East Coweta); Casey Pope, 6th Grade Language Arts (Evans); Jan Reyes, 8th Grade Math (Lee); Audrey Mallet, 8th Grade Literature/Language Arts (Madras); Gayle Butler, 6th Grade Science (Smokey Road); Gordon Callaway, Special Education and Literature (Maggie Brown).

From high schools: Scott Brown, Technology (Central Educational Center); Richard McMichen, Drama and Theatre (East Coweta); Steve Quesinberry, World and Vietnam War History (Newnan High); Robert Skinner, Social Studies and Psychology (Northgate High); Jill Collins, High School History and Civics (Winston Dowdell).

Teachers of the Year are selected by their peers for the quality of their teaching, professional development, teaching philosophies and methods, community involvement, and contributions to education. From the local nominees will come three finalists, one of whom will be chosen as Coweta County’s Teacher of the Year and who will be the county’s nominee for Georgia Teacher of the Year.

The 2009 Coweta Teacher of the Year will be announced at the April 21 Teacher of the Year program, held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan.

Elm Street Elementary School 2nd grade teacher Carly Winstead has served as the school system’s 2008 Coweta County Teacher of the Year

School system spokesperson Dean Jackson said Coweta County School System is the only school system in Georgia with three county nominees chosen as Georgia Teacher of the Year, including Lorraine Johnson, Nancy Royal and Jamie Lipscomb. There have also been13 Coweta County semi-finalists for Georgia teacher of the year since 1986.

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