District Reviewing Picks for Teacher of the Year; the Committee Will Next Choose Five Finalists from the 33 Schools' Nominees
A Clay County school district committee is reviewing nominations from 33 schools to pick the 2005-06 Teacher of the Year.
Five finalists will be announced later this month. The winner will be announced at a 7 p.m. Feb. 7 reception at Fleming Island High and will enter statewide competition.
The Florida Department of Education's Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. All full-time public school classroom teachers, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, adult education teachers, postsecondary vocational/technical education teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists and department chairs who actively engage in classroom teaching are eligible for nomination.
The Florida Teacher of the Year receives $2,500 from the state; finalists receive $1,250. Each district Teacher of the Year receives $500 from the department, as well as a host of gifts and certificates from local businesses and foundations.
Susan Sailor, Clay's district nominee in 1997, went on to win the statewide honor. Sailor is now principal of Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High School.
Here are the nominees, by school:
Argyle Elementary -- Kathleen Schofield, fifth grade
Bannerman Learning Center -- Florence Lafontant, exceptional student education
Charles E. Bennett Elementary -- Hope Friel, exceptional student education
Clay High -- Kim Casper, mathematics
Clay Hill Elementary -- Jered Jerris, third grade
Doctors Inlet Elementary -- Judy McHugh-Clark, fifth-grade mathematics
Fleming Island Elementary -- Vanessa Gay-Rice, sixth grade
Fleming Island High -- Jason Merritt, English/speech
Green Cove Springs Junior High -- Joseph Cloutier, reading
Grove Park Elementary -- Lucille DeVeaux, first grade
Keystone Heights Elementary -- Dana Grantham, physical education
Keystone Heights Junior-Senior High -- Nicole Honour, history
Lake Asbury Elementary -- Sabrina Thomas, first grade
Lake Asbury Junior High -- Becky Murphy, English
Lakeside Elementary -- Lucille Halifko, kindergarten
Lakeside Junior High -- Dana Brock, guidance/counseling
McRae Elementary -- Linda McGhghy, sixth grade
Middleburg Elementary -- Suzette Blanton, sixth grade
Middleburg High -- Duane Weeks, social studies and network specialist
Montclair Elementary -- Robbin Williams, kindergarten
Orange Park Elementary -- Molly Geeser, fifth grade
Orange Park Junior High -- Darlene Hon, mathematics
Orange Park High -- Carrie Keene, art
Paterson Elementary -- Susie Ament, fourth grade
RideOut Elementary --Sally Clark, third grade
Ridgeview Elementary -- Elizabeth Crane, kindergarten
Ridgeview High -- Lori Ricks, biology