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Forsyth County school system announces top teachers

School-level 2015-16 Teachers of the Year


• Big Creek Elementary: Amanda Shultzaberger

• Brookwood Elementary: Michelle Reynaud

• Chattahoochee Elementary: Ingrid Bjornson

• Chestatee Elementary: Sharon Nizialek

• Coal Mountain Elementary: Miki Waller

• Cumming Elementary: Sheila McNeil

• Daves Creek Elementary: Jennifer Pineda

• Forsyth Central High: Angie Richards

• Haw Creek Elementary: Lani Delallo

• Johns Creek Elementary: Jodi Hammond

• Kelly Mill Elementary: Jessie Tomes

• Lakeside Middle: Gail Stewart

• Lambert High: Tony Sims

• Liberty Middle: Erin Hendry

• Little Mill Middle: Sandy Forman

• Mashburn Elementary: Arlinda Porter

• Matt Elementary: Holly Smyre

• Midway Elementary: Sheila Phillips

• North Forsyth High: Jay Glymph

• North Forsyth Middle: Jessica Norsworthy

• Otwell Middle: Tony Collins

• Piney Grove Middle: Rene Blackstone

• Riverwatch Middle: Sarah Kirkley

• Sawnee Elementary: Becky Chatham

• Settles Bridge Elementary: Tiffany Brown

• Sharon Elementary: Jeremy Beaton

• Shiloh Point Elementary: Angana Ghate

• Silver City Elementary: Shannon Tribble

• South Forsyth High: Kevin Denney

• South Forsyth Middle: Andrew Poor

• Vickery Creek Elementary: Laurie Edwards

• Vickery Creek Middle: CarrieBeth Rykowski
• West Forsyth High: Jim Ernst

• Whitlow Elementary: Bethany McClurkan

FORSYTH COUNTY --Any teacher can create a positive mark on his or her students any school day, but the time of the year has begun to start celebrating those exceptional teachers who go above and beyond what is required of them in and out of the classroom.


Forsyth County Schools has announced the school-level 2015-16 Teachers of the Year, a field that will be narrowed in the coming months until one remains.


“Our school district has the privilege of honoring one of our wonderful educators as the Teacher of the Year from each school every year. We are grateful to have the highest-caliber educators in our district and to have the opportunity to honor them for their incredible work each day for our students,” said Hannah Orr, communications and partnerships facilitator for Forsyth County Schools.


Classroom teachers in pre-K through grade 12 are eligible for the distinction. This includes special education, physical education, ITS, art and music teachers and media specialists.


Candidates must have two or more years of experience, “have a full-time teaching position and spend the majority of their time teaching students in a classroom setting. Supervisory and administrative responsibilities should be of secondary consideration.”


All of the teachers honored, according to the district’s Teacher of the Year program:


* Plan to continue in active teaching status


* Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn


* Possess the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues


* Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school


* Are poised and articulate


Semifinalists will be announced in early December as a group of 10 elementary, five middle and three high school teachers. They will then be interviewed in January.


In February, one teacher from each school level will get surprise visits in their classrooms to signify their becoming a finalist.


February also will include classroom observations of the finalists before the annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony on March 11, where all school-level Teachers of the Year are honored and the Forsyth County Teacher of the Year is announced.


Each application is modeled after the Georgia Teacher of the Year application, Orr said, for which the county-wide Teacher of the Year is considered.


Last year, Marlo Miranda, the automotive technology teacher at Forsyth Central High School, was bestowed the county-wide recognition.


The program has been in Forsyth County consistently since 1990, though Cumming Elementary School’s Edith Wright was given the inaugural honor in 1976.