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GCPS names 6 Teacher of the Year finalists

Carol Williams

Carol Williams

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Heather Watkins

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Lissette McRea

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Hyunjin Son

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Stacey Dunlap

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Ashley Allgood

SUWANEE — Finalists for the highest annual teaching award in Gwinnett County Public Schools have been named.

The district on Wednesday announced that the six finalists for Teacher of the Year are Heather Watkins of Mulberry Elementary, Stacey Dunlap of Simpson Elementary, Lissette McRea of Berkmar Middle, Carol Williams of Summerour Middle, Ashley Allgood of Brookwood High and Hyunjin Son of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

A committee of school administrators, central office staff and former teachers selected the finalists after 130 teachers were chosen at their local schools, and the list was narrowed to 26 semifinalists.

The Teacher of the Year will be announced at a banquet on Nov. 7 at the Gwinnett Center.

Watkins, a first-grade teacher, has spent her entire 13-year career with GCPS. Dunlap is Simpson’s media specialist, and has worked in education for eight years.

McRea teaches sixth grade, and has been a teacher for 13 years. An educator for 13 years, Williams teaches sixth grade accelerated math at Summerour.

Allgood is a Latin teacher, and has spent her entire eight-year career with GCPS. Son teaches Foundations of Engineering and Technology to ninth graders at GSMST, and has worked in education for eight years, all with GCPS.

The district’s Teacher of the Year will receive an annual award of $1,000, while the level winners will each receive $750 each year, for as long as they are employed with GCPS. The finalists will receive a one-time award of $500, and each local school winner will receive a one-time award of $200.