LAWRENCEVILLE - The list of 112 Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers in the running for the Teacher of the Year county title has been narrowed to 20 semifinalists, officials announced Thursday.
A selection committee made up of teachers, central office personnel and administrators will review the semifinalists' applications and answers to a set of additional questions to choose the six finalists, according to a news release. The names of the finalists will be announced the week of Oct. 13.
Committee members will then visit the classrooms of the finalists and conduct thorough interviews with each one. During the classroom visits, the committee will look for original teaching methods, study the teacher's teaching philosophy and review any special class projects the teacher has initiated, the news release states. The committee will also review each finalist's educational degrees and civic activities.
Based on their findings, the committee will select an elementary, middle and high school Teacher of the Year. One of those three winners will be named Gwinnett's 2009 Teacher of the Year at a banquet Nov. 6 and will be eligible to compete for the state title.
SideBar: The semifinalist
This year's semifinalists are:
Lorraine Mack, fourth-grade teacher at Berkeley Lake Elementary
Jodi Sanchez, science specials teacher at Bethesda Elementary
LeAnn B. Hedrick, ninth-grade gifted language arts teacher at Brookwood High
Ken Leach, biology and oceanography teacher at Collins Hill High
Jamie Nobles, media specialist at Corley Elementary
Frank Folds, band teacher at Alton C. Crews Middle
Monica Grace, sixth-grade science teacher at Five Forks Middle
Kimberly Sharp, media specialist at Ivy Creek Elementary
Elena Diaz, literacy coach at Lovin Elementary
Sue Tavernier, reading specialist at Mulberry Elementary
Mike Reilly, computer science teacher at North Gwinnett High
J. Dawn Smith, special education teacher at Oakland Meadow School
Todd Shultz, social studies teacher at Phoenix High
Maya M. Kirk, seventh-grade language arts teacher at Louise Radloff Middle
Jennifer Herrod, fifth-grade teacher at Rock Springs Elementary
Vicki Evans King, reading specialist at Rockbridge Elementary
Alan Hochbaum, gifted education teacher at Susan Stripling Elementary
Beverly Klein, science specialist at K.E. Taylor Elementary
Aimee Burgamy, art teacher at Trickum Middle
Monica Ball, special education teacher at Margaret Winn Holt Elementary