The Newton County School System recently announced its school-level Teachers of the Year. Pictured, from left, are (seated) Trina Nickson, Mary Jane Kessler, Gidget Smith, Kim Malcom, Scott Rains, Cris Pachura, Rachel Reis, Whitney Jackson, Felicia Leggett, and Jessica Brown; (back row) Connie Brickell, Lindsay Annis, Sally Krieger, Diana Brown, Melanie Patterson, Linda Allemani, Vicki Meeler, Julie Thompson, Yokita Byrd, Kim Aldridge, Jennifer Jones and Megan Stephens. They will compete for the county title, which will be announced later this year.
At A Glance: 2012-13 Teachers of the Year - Newton County School System
East Newton Elementary — Julie B. Thompson
Fairview Elementary — Jessica Brown
Flint Hill Elementary — Connie Brickell
Heard-Mixon Elementary — Kimberly Aldridge
Livingston Elementary — Cris Pachura
Live Oak Elementary — Melanie Patterson
Mansfield Elementary — Jennifer Jones
Middle Ridge Elementary — Felisha Leggett
Newton County Theme School at Ficquett — Gidget Smith
Oak Hill Elementary — Lindsay Annis
Porterdale Elementary — Rachel Reis
Rocky Plains Elementary — Mary Jane Kessler
South Salem Elementary — Kim Malcom
West Newton Elementary — Yokita Byrd
Clements Middle — Linda Allemani
Cousins Middle — Sally Krieger
Indian Creek Middle — Vicki Meeler
Liberty Middle — Megan Stephens
Veterans Memorial Middle — Whitney Jackson
Alcovy High — Scott Rains
Eastside High — Trina Nickson
Newton High — Diana Brown
COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System has announced its 22 school-level teachers who will compete for the title of Newton County Teacher of the Year and go on to compete for the state title.
Earlier this year, one teacher at each school was selected by his or her peers by being named the school's Teacher of the Year.
Over the summer, each of the nominees worked on the district essay packet, which required each teacher to answer a number of questions concerning their educational background, philosophy and style of teaching.
"We're very proud of our Teachers of the Year. Chosen by their peers, these professionals epitomize what we desire in our classrooms -- thoughtful and caring mentors and teachers of our children," said NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews. "We can never thank them enough for their dedication as they are faced at times with not only the challenges of student achievement, but also with the challenges that many students bring from home to school. These folks are amongst the very best our community has to offer."
This week, the teachers will be interviewed by a panel of volunteer judges representing Newton County Schools, the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses and civic organizations.
Once scores from the essays and interviews are tallied, the names of the top three finalists -- the teachers with the three highest combined scores -- will be announced on Thursday.
Next week, the TOTY selection committee will observe each of the three finalists in his or her classroom. The teacher with the highest combined score on the essay, interview and observation will be announced as the Newton County School System's 2013 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at Newton High School at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
All 22 TOTYs will be recognized at the reception, with the two runners-up each receiving a crystal vase. The 2013 Newton County Teacher of the Year also will receive a crystal vase, a free three-month car rental from Covington Ford and a check for $1,000.
The winner also will represent NCSS in the state-level Teacher of the Year competition.