Coweta Teachers of the Year announced for 2013


Thomas Crossroads second-grade teacher Tracie Gossett is currently serving as Coweta’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Behind Gossett at last year’s ceremony are, from left, Superintendent Steve Barker, Thomas Crossroads Principal Fate Simmons, and current Coweta Board of Education Chairman Winston Dowdell.

The 2013 Teachers of the Year for each of Coweta County’s 31 public schools have been chosen by their fellow teachers.
All 31 school Teachers of the Year will be honored at the April 22 Coweta County Teacher of the Year Program, 7 p.m., at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The Coweta County Board of Education annually presents the program with the Newnan Pilot Club.
The 2013 Teachers of the Year from each school are:
Elementary schools
• Allison Burdette, 5th Grade, Arbor Springs;
• Sally Kelley, 2nd Grade, Arnco-Sargent;
• Valerie Hughes, 5th Grade, Atkinson;
• Jodi Brooks, 3rd grade, Brooks;

• Susan Nelson, 5th Grade, Canongate;

• Tammy Eason, 3rd Grade, Eastside;

• Mollie Wilson, 2nd Grade, Elm Street;

• Debbie Smith, Music, Glanton;

• Randy “Roc” Coleman, Physical Education, Jefferson Parkway;

• Sunny Veal, 1st Grade, Moreland;

• Melissa East, 1st Grade, Newnan Crossing;

• Kitty Lambert, 3rd Grade, Northside;

• Alicia Smith, 1st Grade, Poplar Road;

• Rebecca Craver, 1st Grade, Ruth Hill;

• Donna Hightower, Resource, Thomas Crossroads;

• Michelle Flanagan, 3rd Grade, Welch;

• Rebecca Hand, 3rd Grade, Western;

• Angie Murphy, 3rd Grade, White Oak;

• Stacey Bankston, 3rd Grade, Willis Road.

Middle schools

• Mary Shortis, 6-8 Grade Math Support, Arnall;

• Kathryn Clark, Special Education, East Coweta Middle;

• Christy Bush, Special Education, Evans;

• Crissie Singleton, Art Teacher, Lee;

• Doris Dennis, Special Education, Madras;

• Jillian Andrew, 8th Grade Literature/ Language Arts and Math, Smokey Road;

• Gordon Callaway, 6th-8th Grade Literature, Maggie Brown.

High schools

• Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, music, Central Educational Center;

• Randy Robbins, 11th Grade Literature, East Coweta High;

• Allison Hurston, Science, Newnan;

• Susan Barber, 11th Grade American Literature, Northgate;

• Amber Steele, Math, Winston Dowdell.

Coweta’s Teachers of the Year are chosen each year from among certified classroom teachers in the Coweta County School System, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education, physical education, art, music, and media specialists. They are selected by their peers for the quality of their teaching, professional development, teaching philosophies and methods, community involvement, contributions to education, and their ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

The county’s 2013 Teacher of the Year – who will also serve as the Coweta County nominee for state Teacher of the Year – will be announced at the April 22 program.

Coweta’s is the only school system in Georgia with three past county nominees chosen as Georgia Teacher of the Year, including Lorraine Johnson, Nancy Royal and Jamie Lipscomb. There have also been 13 Coweta County semi-finalists for Georgia teacher of the year since 1986.

Thomas Crossroads second grade teacher Tracie Gossett was named the Coweta County 2012 Teacher of the Year at the annual program last April. Gossett – a 12-year Coweta educator – was chosen from among three finalists for the county-wide honor, including finalists Larry Burns, a Social Studies teacher from Northgate High School, and Dr. Paige Galt, a 6th-8th Grade Spanish teacher from Smokey Road Middle School.

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