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Newton school system announces school level Teachers of the Year

Shown here are the school level Teachers of the Year for Newton County who were recognized Monday. Seated, left to right, are: Ashley Rickard, Eastside High; Tequila Anthony, West Newton Elementary; Tammy Rogers, Porterdale Elementary; Sondra Glenn, Clements Middle; Kellen Ellis, Veterans Memorial Middle; Kim McSwain, Flint Hill Elementary; Wendi Carnes, Newton County Theme School; Tonya Doss, East Newton Elementary; and Kimberly Inscho, Live Oak Elementary. Standing, left to right, are: William Gibbons, Alcovy High; Shannon Barron, Rocky Plains Elementary; Kathy Shropshire, Livingston Elementary; Nicole Benton, Oak Hill Elementary; Dolores Williams, Newton College and Career Academy; Michelle Ozburn, Cousins Middle; Cheryl Rankins; Indian Creek Middle; Cindi Helms; Fairview Elementary; Ginger O’Neal, South Salem Elementary; Maria Hargrove, Heard-Mixon Elementary; Valerie Strickland, Middle Ridge Elementary; Karen Piper, Mansfield Elementary; and Nicholas Jones, Newton High. Not Pictured: Kelli Wesley, Liberty Middle. (Special Photo)

Shown here are the school level Teachers of the Year for Newton County who were recognized Monday. Seated, left to right, are: Ashley Rickard, Eastside High; Tequila Anthony, West Newton Elementary; Tammy Rogers, Porterdale Elementary; Sondra Glenn, Clements Middle; Kellen Ellis, Veterans Memorial Middle; Kim McSwain, Flint Hill Elementary; Wendi Carnes, Newton County Theme School; Tonya Doss, East Newton Elementary; and Kimberly Inscho, Live Oak Elementary. Standing, left to right, are: William Gibbons, Alcovy High; Shannon Barron, Rocky Plains Elementary; Kathy Shropshire, Livingston Elementary; Nicole Benton, Oak Hill Elementary; Dolores Williams, Newton College and Career Academy; Michelle Ozburn, Cousins Middle; Cheryl Rankins; Indian Creek Middle; Cindi Helms; Fairview Elementary; Ginger O’Neal, South Salem Elementary; Maria Hargrove, Heard-Mixon Elementary; Valerie Strickland, Middle Ridge Elementary; Karen Piper, Mansfield Elementary; and Nicholas Jones, Newton High. Not Pictured: Kelli Wesley, Liberty Middle. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced the 2012-2013 school level Teachers of the Year Monday afternoon. Each teacher was selected by his or her peers as Teacher of the Year at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. These teachers will now participate in the county program with the winner serving as the Newton County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Over the summer, each of the nominees worked on the district Teacher of the Year essay packet, which required each teacher to answer a number of questions concerning their educational background, philosophy and style of teaching. Beginning Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, each teacher participated in a 20-minute interview conducted 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 Friday, Sept. 13. The following Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Teacher of the Year 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 2014 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at Newton High School on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:45 p.m.

All 23 of the school level Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the reception at Newton High School, with the two runners-up each receiving a crystal vase. The 2014 Newton County Teacher of the Year will also receive a crystal vase, a free, three-month car rental from Covington Ford, and a check for $1,000. This year’s winner will also represent Newton County School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program.

Newton County’s Teacher of the Year program is made possible through the support of the community. As a result, the Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to the Chamber Champions, sponsors of the 2014 Teacher of the Year program: Bridgestone Golf; CPI: Contract Packaging Inc.; General Mills; Ginn Motor Company; Snapping Shoals EMC; Apollo Staffing; Bank of North Georgia; BB&T; Current Events Productions; Georgia Power; Newton Federal Bank; Newton Medical Center; Pattillo; SKC, Inc.; TPA Realty Services; United Bank of Covington; Vestar Technologies; AT&T; Baxter; Beaver Manufacturing; Choate Construction; Georgia Perimeter College; Honda of Conyers; Michelin; Newton Citizen; Pinnacle Bank; Potts Construction; ProLogistix; Sunbelt Builders; and Triple Horse.

2012-2013 Teachers of the Year are:

East Newton Elementary — Tonya Doss

Fairview Elementary — Cindi Helms

Flint Hill Elementary — Kim McSwain

Heard-Mixon Elementary — Maria Hargrove

Live Oak Elementary — Kimberly Inscho

Livingston Elementary — Kathy Shropshire

Mansfield Elementary — Karen Piper

Middle Ridge Elementary — Valerie Strickland

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett — Wendi Carnes

Oak Hill Elementary — Nicole Benton

Porterdale Elementary — Tammy Rogers

Rocky Plains Elementary — Shannon Barron

South Salem Elementary — Ginger O’Neal

West Newton Elementary — Tequila Anthony

Clements Middle — Sondra Glenn

Cousins Middle — Michelle Ozburn

Indian Creek Middle — Cheryl Rankins

Liberty Middle — Kelli Wesley

Veterans Memorial Middle — Kellen Ellis

Alcovy High — Bill Gibbons

Eastside High — Ashley Rickard

Newton High — Nicholas Jones

Newton College & Career Academy — Dolores Williams

For more information on the Newton County School System Teacher of the Year program, contact Sherri Viniard, director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at 770-784-2908 —