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District taps top teachers of the year
Honors for system coming this spring
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Forsyth County News

School-level honors

The following are the teachers of the year at their respective schools:

Elementary schools

Big Creek -- Peggy Mealor, second grade

Brookwood -- Maureen Paluzzi, physical education

Chattahoochee -- Elfriede DiMola, fourth grade

Chestatee -- Sabrina Bergen, third grade

Coal Mountain -- Michelle Miller, second grade

Cumming -- Jennifer Lozen, second grade

Daves Creek -- Kim McCracken, fifth grade

Haw Creek -- Chad Watkins, music

Johns Creek -- Terri Cole, first grade

Mashburn -- Colleen Neubert, special education

Matt -- Lesa Barnett, special education

Midway -- Sarah Paradis, fourth grade

Sawnee -- Cira Feuerbach, English as a second language

Settles Bridge -- Katie Hicks, first grade

Sharon -- Brenda Parris, music

Shiloh Point -- Leslie Donahoo, second grade

Silver City -- Natalie Rickett, fourth grade

Vickery Creek -- Ashley Thompson, second grade

Whitlow -- Brenda Palmer, early intervention program

Middle schools

Lakeside -- Patti Grammens, eighth-grade science

Liberty -- Jason Gripe, sixth-grade social studies

Little Mill -- Cindy Evans, literacy

North -- Jennifer Crowder, special education

Otwell -- David Miller, sixth-grade social studies and math

Piney Grove -- Aly Brown, eighth-grade math

Riverwatch -- Janet Standeven, gifted eighth-grade science

South -- Jacquelynn Zatloukal, language arts

Vickery Creek -- Robyn McEntyre, language arts

High schools

Central -- Martha Tise, language arts

Lambert -- Natalie Kitchen, English

North -- Vanessa "Vee" Behler, English

South -- Tom Wolff, social studies

West -- Phillip Lyerly, physical education


Gateway Academy -- Marie Devine, language arts

Source: Forsyth County Schools

Some 30 instructors are working on essays explaining why they should be selected as Forsyth County’s teacher of the year.

“It’s so exciting,” said Judi Jenkins, business and community relations facilitator for the local system. “It’s just like picking up a new book each year.”

Candidates for the school system's teacher of the year must have at least two years of experience and must be full-time employees.

They also must be dedicated, inspirational and active in the community. Among other qualities, they must respect and admire students, parents and colleagues.

Each year, the system's top teacher is selected from among the honorees at each of the schools.

Jenkins, who coordinates the annual effort, made the announcements honoring the teachers.

“We go visit all 34 classrooms,” she said. “Even though it’s the same procedure, it’s a different bunch of people every year.

“It’s one of my favorite times of year.”

The district will name a teacher of the year at the elementary, middle and high school levels. From those three candidates, the systemwide teacher of the year will be chosen in late April.